Reformational Philosophy


Geloven in God zonder bewijs.
De betekenis van Alvin Plantinga voor filosofie, theologie en kerk

Studiemiddag n.a.v. de publicatie van Alvin Plantinga’s “Kennis en Geloof” (Brevier 2016)
Alvin Plantinga

Alvin Plantinga. Een beroemde 83-jarige Amerikaanse filosoof met Friese wortels. Een apologeet die graag de dialoog met overtuigde atheïsten aangaat. Zijn altijd scherpzinnige gedachten over het bestaan van God, het probleem van het kwaad, de (on)redelijkheid van het geloof, schepping&evolutie, geloof&wetenschap en het atheïsme zijn zeer invloedrijk en worden door voor- en tegenstanders diep gerespecteerd.

Sprekers waren: drs. Bas Hengstmengel, dr. Guus Labooy, prof. dr. Alvin Plantinga (video-interview), dr. Jeroen de Ridder, drs. Cees-Jan Smits, dr. Dolf te Velde, dr. Piet de Vries en prof. dr. René van Woudenberg (interviewer).


Bekende atheïsten zoals Herman Philipse moesten toegeven dat zij niet op konden tegen de argumenten van de Amerikaanse filosoof Alvin Plantinga. Plantinga voorzag de apologetiek –de verdediging van het geloof– van nieuwe inzichten. Hij gaf haar een nieuwe impuls.

Dat zei P. Rouwendal vrijdagmiddag op de studiedag in Kampen gewijd aan Plantinga’s boek ”Kennis en Geloof” (uitg. Brevier, Kampen). Zie het gehele RD-artikel


Het christelijk geloof is redelijk te verantwoorden. Mensen hebben een ingeschapen Godsbesef dat door de Heilige Geest geactiveerd wordt. „Geloof is kennis, maar wel kennis van een speciale soort.”

De Amerikaanse christen-filosoof Alvin Plantinga (83) betoogt dat in zijn boek ”Kennis en geloof” (uitgeverij Brevier, Kampen), dat vrijdag het onderwerp is van een studiedag. (Lees het gehele RD-artikel)

During its five-yearly international conference last August in Leuven, Belgium (click this link), the Board of the Association for Reformational Philosophy  awarded Dr. Jonathan Chaplin the Herman Dooyeweerd Prize. The prize is an award for work in the fields of systematic philosophy or the history of philosophy that most furthers the cause of reformational philosophy (the ‘Philosophy of the Cosmonomic Idea’).
Chaplin, who is Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics in Cambridge, received the prize for his book Herman Dooyeweerd: Christian Philosopher of State and Civil Society (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011; see this link).

In his Laudatio, jury chairman Prof. Gerrit Glas praised the “outstanding quality” of the book, which is “written in an excellent style, with scholarly carefulness, covering various crucial areas in Dooyeweerd’s political philosophy.”

Former recipients include T. Puolimatka (Finland, 1994), K.A. Bril and P.J. Boonstra (The Netherlands, 2000), J. Kok (USA, 2005) and D.F.M. Strauss (South Africa, 2011). The prize consists of a medal and a certificate.

Govert Buijs (‘Chairman’ of the conference ‘Christianity and the Future of Our Societies’) cited:


Our conference is already more than three weeks behind us. Time goes fast, but if I may speak for myself, the memories of this occasion are still fresh. The reason for this freshness is that we had a truly impressive conference, to which all of you contributed greatly.
As I said at the end, both the unity of mind and purpose as the diversity of contexts and approaches were inspiring and illuminating (and sometimes worrying as we realize that freedoms and opportunities that are a matter of course in one country can be very problematic in another and vice versa).
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Photographs have been published on this website.


Govert Buijs (chairman)



Dear readers,

I have a set of A New Critique to donate to someone, along with some other books in the Dooyeweerdian tradition (don’t worry, I still have access to this work). I also have a set of Philosophia Reformata (not complete, but many volumes including old ones). If someone is interested, we can talk about transport later.

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Harry Cook
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As you may be aware, people in the UK are heading towards an in/out referendum on our membership of the European Union. While the media is predictably interested mainly in the personalities involved and what affect this will have on the governing Conservative party, which has a distinguished tradition of tearing itself apart over this issue, Jonathan Chaplin is curating a more principled discussion here.

Great to see Jonathan demonstrating the clarity and principled thinking that reformational philosophy can help foster on these issues.


A fascinating documentary series on clashing cultures and religions in past and present, in which we travel through 16 countries around the Mediterranean Sea, focussing on the roots of religious, political and social conflict in this region.

The series is based on the books by one of the most influential statesmen in the history of The Netherlands: former Prime Minister Abraham Kuyper. In 1905 he embarked on an epic nine-month journey through a region that has always been in motion and turmoil from the very beginning of history. Well over a century later, this development still has not come to a halt. On the contrary. Almost every day, the areas Kuyper visited dominate the headlines in the news.

This 8-episode documentary series was produced by Martin Maat and Hans Hermans of ICU Documentaries for IKON TV in The Netherlands and was broadcasted in May and June 2015 on Dutch Public Television. The full series is now available, with English subtitles, exclusively on VIMEO.

Video: Around the Old World Sea

Link to website in New Zealand: – (from Chris Gousmett)

See also link on our webpage: International Network

International conference
“Christianity and the Future of our Societies ”
15-19 augustus 2016, Leuven, Belgium
organized by
Association of Reformational Philosophy (ARP)
in cooperation with
Evangelical Theological Faculty of Leuven (ETF).


2015-07-14 - Rio_de_Janeiro_Leuven_Conference_2016 ‘Be reformed in your  thinking…’


Worldwide Christian communities have a unique opportunity and responsibility to help develop a ‘shalom enhancing attitude’ among their own and future members, because among them there are many who have or get the opportunity to develop themselves into leaders with positions in churches, in government or in business and who are involved or become involved in social initiatives and various forms of education and research at universities and colleges. The biblical call “get reformed in your thinking” is every time a challenge to people of any age and asks for application in any context in which people live. A number of earlier thinkers and leaders – Augustine in early Christianity to Abraham Kuyper or John Stott in recent times – can be a source of inspiration for us. So we learn to use and exploit two lenses: one focused on contemporary challenges, the other focused on resources and insights from a broad Christian tradition.

In our efforts in and for today’s world, it is crucial for Christians to be globally connected, and exploit opportunities to get to know each other and learn from each other’s knowledge and experience. When Christianity in this world is not again and again a ‘learning community’, we run the risk of recurrence of terrible mistakes of previous European modernization of the “indigenous” cultural patterns, or errors as they arose and arise from different types of religious fundamentalism. This global “learning community” has to feed current and future generations, and especially those people among them who are ore will be called to provide leadership in church and society.

The conference in Leuven gives you the opportunity to become part of and contribute to this  worldwide “learning community” of Christians.

*More information about the conference on the website of this conference and/or flyer (PDF) below.

Read or download flyer from international conference

Christian Philosophy now in Rome! Maarten Verkerk exploited audience …

A few weeks back was our professor of Christian Philosophy Maarten Verkerk in Rome and went there with a group of ten people, including the deputy bishop of Roermond – Everard de Jong, also in audience with the pope. He had the honor of presenting the book “Preacher for Managers” to the pope.

Copyright foto: Fotografia Felici

2015-06-04 Maarten en de paus

Afbeelding Herman Dooyeweerd - schilderij

Watch the online films: Dooyeweerd video’s  (Dooyeweerd video)