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It is a commonplace to remark that revelation was at the center of theological thought throughout the first half of the twentieth century. The problem of how revelation engaged human existence was provoked and intensified by Karl Barth and his contemporaries. Among them is the Dutch theologian A.A. van Ruler (1908-1970), who addressed the subject first in his doctoral dissertation, “The Fulfillment of the Law: a dogmatic inquiry of the relation of revelation and existence,”1 only to return later to it a number of times. Recently, the Dutch theological world has been treated to the publication of his collected works (now in the third volume), which include previously unpublished works such as the extended lectures from 1957-1959 on natural and revealed theology. This adds to the few lectures already published that include reflection on such topics as the aanknopingspunt (“the point of connection”), and so provides fresh information concerning Van Ruler’s position concerning such things as natural theology, the place of philosophy, and the place of reason in the theological project.
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