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Many of Dooyeweerd’s work have not been translated into English and those who are familiar with Dooyeweerd’s philosophy are typically among Reformed Christians. Given how little of Dooyeweerd’s philosophy exists in English, this particular book is unique in that it goes beyond just an introduction to this Dutch Reformed philosopher but also constructive criticism from a capable theologically Reformed philosopher. The author Ronald Nash does a good job introducing the gist of Dooyeweerd’s philosophy and ends the book summarizing the positive contribution and negative criticism of “Amsterdam” philosophy. Some might have been aware of Nash’s critique at times has the flavor of Gordon Clark, with the criticism of definitions and possible equivocation. Nash does a fair job of giving Dooyeweerd the benefit of the doubt and the bulk of his criticism is quite legitimate. Most serious in my view is Dooyeweerd’s concept of religion as distinct from theology, and whether the aspects or modes relate to one another as the way Dooyeweerd always states it. Their is no doubt that Dooyeweerd’s general insight is valuable in Christian philosophy and apologetics such as the concept of the inter-relationship of spheres and distinct laws for different modes, or how the autonomous man’s idolatry tend to reduce one sphere as absolute and thereby result in irrationality. This book takes Dooyeweerd’s contribution seriously yet critically and no doubt a benefit to the reader.

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