© J. Glenn Friesen 2003, 2004
Glossary of Terms
Our experience is "from, through and to" our Origin:
The Dutch version uses the phrase 'uit, door en tot':
Dooyeweerd cannot have failed to recognize the importance of these words. They were at the center of a controversy in the journal Opbouw concerning the theologian A.H. de Hartog. Both Dooyeweerd and Vollenhoven contributed articles to Opbouw. And Vollenhoven (under the pseudonym Th. Voorthuizen) was one of the editors of the journal. The theologian Ubbink attacked de Hartog in that journal, alleging that de Hartog's views were pantheistic. De Hartog strongly denied this charge of pantheism. He said that on Ubbink's reasoning, even Paul's reference in Acts to God "in whom we live and move and have our being" would be pantheistic. But de Hartog said that pantheism asserted an identity with God–the pantheist "vereen-zelv-igt" God and world. But he stressed that the theist distinguished world and God and yet knew them to be one.
One of the editors of Opbouw, Br. Elffers, wrote an article against Ubbink, and taking de Hartog's side ("Dr. Ubbink's Aanval Getoetst," Vol. 3, p. 1). Elffers says that Ubbink's attack was unreasonable and not well thought-out. Ubbink had raised the question whether the world is made out of God [uit God] or by God [door God]. Elffers says that both must be brought into a synthesis, that "uit, door en tot God all dingen zijn" [all things are from, out and to God]. Now Dooyeweerd uses this same phrase "uit, door en tot" in reference to God as Origin. From the very controversial articles, in Opbouw, he would have been aware that these were contentious words.
Another use of this idea appears at NC I, 102:
Romans 11:36 affirms this idea:
For Dooyeweerd, our experience is founded in apriori conditions that are set by the law given by God our Origin. The law maintains our experience in the continuity of cosmic time. And our theoretical experience refers in its anticipations to the fullness of meaning that points to the Origin.
Revised Dec. 27/04