SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.54 issue2The roots of missio Dei in the Reformation, and its implications for theological educationThe future of theology at public universities author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand



Related links

  • On index processCited by Google
  • On index processSimilars in Google


In die Skriflig

On-line version ISSN 2305-0853
Print version ISSN 1018-6441


KRUGER, Paul P.. Certitudo coram Deo: Reframing a fascinating feature of Dort. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2020, vol.54, n.2, pp.1-7. ISSN 2305-0853.

This article combines celebratory contributions to Dort400 and TSP150. It attempts to reframe the fascinating perspective of faith-certainty in Canons of Dordrecht (5:5, 13), in as far as it is linked to a notion of persevering before the undivided face of the living God, alternatively, 'in thy light' (meaning the light 'from thy countenance') - realising that besides the light-side of the fatherly face, there is also has a 'shadow-side'. After explaining the theme in terms of the universal situation of humanity as being coram Deo (before the face of God or in the presence of God), the method of reframing is elucidated as a form of theologia reformanda. The fascinating Dortian feature in question - it is argued - was articulated within historical cadres, aimed at correcting Remonstrant caricaturing of the reformed intentions. The task of reframing this feature, firstly, entails a new 'enframing' thereof within a contemporary late-modern paradigm, captioned under the bird's eye view analogy of a 'Holy Saturday situation'. Aspects of this enframing are indicated as a 'logic of embrace', a stress on the paradoxical 'nevertheless' structure of faith-certainty and a retrieval of the comforting insight that believers participate in Christ's own faith. Secondly, Luther's and Calvin's dramatic expository improvising of Jacob's faith struggle at Jabbok, as he encountered the hidden and revealed face of God, is made transparent. It seems to be an example from an earlier scene in God's great Kingdom drama to be re-improvised in a 21st-century framework.

Keywords : Dordt; Coram Deo; Faith certainty; Reframing; Holy Saturday-age; Archimedian point; God's hiddenness; Calvin; Luther; Faith-play.

        · text in English     · English ( pdf )


Creative Commons License All the contents of this journal, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License