Yahweh God created. But what does this mean, why is it important, why did Yahweh create? Is not the answer to that infinite, or at least as long and complex as the entire story of created reality from beginning to end? However, one central thing is: joy. The entire Creation rejoices, insofar as it relates to its Creator.
Rejoicing means occur and exist by its own functioning rather being driven always by its Creator, but always finding fulfilment, meaning and dignity in relation to the Creator. Are we just pawns on God's chess board?
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My interpretation of Dooyeweerd is that the aspects,
This covers all things - inanimate, plants, animals, humans. It also affirms the reality of numbers, space, movement, forces and energy, life, feelings, mental states, concepts, achievements, languages, social phenomena, economy, harmony, delight, justice, goodness, faith and commitment. (That list is an expression of Dooyeweerd's fifteen aspects.) In all but the first few of those, we can function either positively or negatively (good or evil); for example doing justice or injustice.
I think this means that the aspects are provided by Yahweh in order that Reality can exist and occur in a way that has a certain type of independence from the Creator. Rejoicing may be understood as involving two things:
This has been used as a key to understanding goodness in creation, and in particular progress in the history of the cosmos.
So, Dooyeweerd's aspects are recommended as a way understanding and thinking about what 'Reality Rejoicing' means, and a way to help bring it about. For the latter, see the growing collection of applications of Dooyeweerd's Philosophy.
What about other philosophy? Why Dooyeweerd? Briefly, because his suite of aspects has many advantages over others, including Maslow's hierarchy of needs or philosophical ontologies; see comparison of aspects, because they are more philosophically grounded, because they are geared to everyday experience rather than philosophical or scientific theory, yet are aligned with the sciences. And because they are a direct emergence from trying to understand Creation.
This page is offered to God as on-going work in developing a 'New View' in theology that is appropriate to the days that are coming upon us. Comments, queries welcome.
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