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Creation, Revelation, and Philosophy Paperback – 9 Apr 2010

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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Dordt College Press (9 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932914837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932914835
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,045,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. J. Hayward on 8 July 2010
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Johan Mekkes was a student of Herman Dooyeweerd and wrote four books which elaborate in his own distinctive way the reformational philosophy that Dooyeweerd pioneered. This is the first book Mekkes published and the first to be translated into English. In his brief introduction Bert Balk, who attended Mekkes's lectures between 1964-1970, writes that "He did not teach us a philosophical system, but delivered philosophy in actu. In particular, he imposed upon his students an awareness of all attempts to transgress, by reason or otherwise, the boundaries set by time and the human condition. Put otherwise, his was a critical attitude towards all human attempts to deliver, from some alleged God's-eye point-of-view, the answer to all questions."

In Mekkes own words scientific theory is just one sector of our life and so "can only arise from within this life, and its systematisation is a matter of recurrent activity by living people." Philosophy is one activity that people can pursue and in doing so they respond to the needs and possibilities of human life within their historical context. Philosophy has its life as part of the historical context that is the development of western culture and so an investigation of the limits of philosophy must confront the place given to reason in this tradition. Given that philosophy must be rational, what are the limits of this standard of rationality? Once again Mekkes insists that "rationality is no more than an abstraction from one of man's many living acts and actions, acquired by way of theory" and so philosophy cannot find its unity in what is called "reason". We are forced back into the very root of our existence and here we must make a choice to either listen or not listen to creational revelation.
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