This volume explores the legacy of the Dutch theologian and statesman Abraham Kuyper for contemporary Christian ecotheology. A crucial problem in ecotheology is how to do justice to both creation and salvation as acts of God, given the impact of the environmental crisis and the concern for creation (as creatura). Can Kuyper help one in this regard, given his controversial legacy, especially in South Africa? The volume explores Kuyper's notions of revelation, common grace and re-creation on this basis. It is structured as an inter-continental dialogue with a set of essays by Ernst Conradie, responses from Clifford Anderson, Vincent Bacote, Hans Engdahl, Dirk van Keulen, Cornelis van der Kooi, Benjamin Myers, Leslie van Rooi and Günter Thomas, and a rejoinder.
Ernst M. Conradie (1962-) teaches Systematic Theology and Ethics at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. His monographs in ecotheology include Hope for the Earth (2000), An ecological Christian anthropology (2005), Christianity and ecological theology: Resources for further research (2006) and The church and climate change (2008).
Contributors include Clifford B. Anderson, Vincent E. Bacote, Hans S.A. Engdahl, Dirk van Keulen, Cornelis van der Kooi, Benjamin Myers, Leslie van Rooi, and Günter Thomas.
Table of contents
List of Contributors ... vii
Preface ... ix
ABRAHAM KUYPER’S LEGACY FOR CONTEMPORARY ECOTHEOLOGY: SOME REFLECTIONS FROM WITHIN THE SOUTH AFRICAN CONTEXT
1. Introduction: “How Are They Telling the Story?” ... 3
2. Revisiting the Reception of Kuyper in South Africa ... 15
3. General and Special Revelation: Kuyper, Bavinck and Beyond ... 55
4. Creation and Salvation: Revisiting Kuyper’s Notion of Common Grace ... 95
5. Conclusion: Kuyper’s Significance for Ecotheology and the Need for Further Reflection on Creation and Salvation ... 137
AN INTERCONTINENTAL DIALOGUE
1. Kuyper in the Civil Sphere ... 149
Clifford Anderson 2. A Response and a Strategy ... 169
Vincent Bacote 3. Abraham Kuyper and F. J. M. Potgieter: Some Swedish-Lutheran Perspectives ... 177
Hans Engdahl 4. Leads for Ecotheology in Arnold A. van Ruler’s Work ... 197
Dirk van Keulen 5. “Gratia non tollit naturam, sed perficit” ... 213
Kees van der Kooi 6. “Through Him All Things Were Made”: Creation, Redemption, Election ... 223
Benjamin Myers 7. The Legacy of Abraham Kuyper and Its Impact on the Theology and Eccle¬sial Identity of the URCSA: A Church Historical Overview ... 235
Leslie van Rooi 8. Why Reanimate a Dead Concept? Observations on Promises and Prospects of “Natural Theology” ... 247
1. Kuyper’s Significance for Ecotheology and the Need for Further Reflection on Creation and Salvation ... 257
Bibliography ... 267
Index ... 279
All those interested in Christian ecotheology, in the relationship between creation and salvation from the perspective of systematic theology and in Dutch neo-Calvinism, specifically the legacy of Abraham Kuyper.