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COLETTO, R.. The role of the Bible in reformational philosophy: Historical and systematic notes. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2010, vol.44, n.3-4, pp.545-564. ISSN 2305-0853.

In this article the role of the Bible in the elaboration of reformational philosophy, a neo-calvinist school founded in the 1930s by Dooyeweerd and Vollenhoven, is analysed. According to the author of this article, these two authors had somewhat different approaches to this problem, but their intentions were similar and the strategies they devised are compatible and even integrating each other. In practice, one might say that Vollenhoven favoured a more "textual" approach, while Dooyeweerd emphasised the importance of the biblical religious ground motive. The proposals of a more recent thinker in this movement, Jacob Klapwijk, are also explored and the promises and the "perils" of his approach are pointed out. The main purpose is to show that, in this philosophical tradition, the issue of the role of the Bible in philosophy has been tackled with discernment and devotion, stemming from a genuine commitment to the inscripturated Word.

Keywords : belief and philosophy; relationship between philosophising; role of the Bible in scriptural philosophy; Dooyeweerd's view of scriptural philosophy; Klapwijk's view of scriptural philosophy; Vollenhoven's view of worldview; Scripture and philosophy.

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