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Harriet A. Harris

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199532537

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532537.001.0001

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The Dutch Influence

The Dutch Influence

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(p.205) 6 The Dutch Influence
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Fundamentalism and Evangelicals
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Harriet A. Harris

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532537.003.0007

This chapter focuses on the growing Neo-Calvinist movement and the role of Dutch theologians in its development. The Neo-Calvinist movement was seen as a revolutionary idea that seeks to undo the legacy of the Enlightenment Philosophy in Evangelical thought. It was led by Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck. These two theologians believed presuppositions and world views to be more basic than propositions and facts. An individual's presuppositions are affected by the presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Neo-Calvinism was generally against the rational empiricism of the Princeton Tradition. Another Neo-Calvinist by the name of Cornelius Van Til created the ‘presuppositionalist’ method that places presuppositions as basic elements to the defence of faith rather than evidences and rational arguments.

Keywords:   Neo-Calvinist movement, Abraham Kuyper, Herman Bavinck, Cornelius Van Til, rational empiricism

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