Protestant-Christian world- and lifeview (Part 2)

3. The Creation Principle

Creation, that is to say heavens and earth, or the universe, finds its origin, continued existence and purpose in the will of God. This includes the human and his whole life, being creaturely, is in everything dependent on God. Man is non-self-sufficient, and is relationally (non-absolutely), bound and bound to the law-order of God. The admission and upholding of this principle is vital not only for church and religion, but also in the areas of science, language, art, economy, law and morals., and applies to both the individual and society, and to all of history and all methodology. The neccessity of this principle expresses the Christian-religious and universal character of the reformed-Calvinistic life- and worldview.

4. The Principle of Coherent Diversity

In creation, we see a radical diversity, which has it’s origin, nature and purpose in God. Earth, plant, animal and man are radically distinct, as do numbers, time-space, physical-chemical processes, organic life, psychological, logic, language and art, economy, law and morals and religion. Marriage and the church also find its origin on God, as do the differentiations of family, nation and state which was unlocked through the development of history. This, and other comparible diversities, cannot be explained by the cosmos, but was laid out by God in creation.

In this principle of radical diversity we find the foundation of “own-sphere sovereignity”, a principle which itself cannot be fully maintained or developed to its complete conclusions outside of the reformed-Calvinistic worldview. That is due to its theocentric unity vision and grounding in the creation-will of God.

This principle also demands that the radical diversity must be discovered and respected “in Your light” (that is, in light of the Scriptural and natural revelation), also in science and prohibits arguing it away or equivocating, a mistake demonstrated by so many “-isms” in theory and practice.

But, creation was created as a unit. All of the radical diversity is coherent. All is connected to everything else. The one presupposes the other, is dependent on it and supplements and complements the other. Even though we can distinguish between morality and the arts, or church and state, we cannot and may not seperate them. This princple of unity, or principle of universal connectedness of all things, must be respected. But the acknowledgement and upholding of the unity presupposes the the principle of radical diversity, and these two may not be made equal.

Also this principle has religious, fundamental and universal meaning for the whole cosmos, including the whole life of man and resultantly, also for science.

To be continued…

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2 responses to “Protestant-Christian world- and lifeview (Part 2)

  1. Good Stuff. I’m working on a short, abbreviated “Systematic Theology” for my kids. I may copy this series and include it if you don’t mind (with a citation to your work of course.)

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