Biblical and Christian Views of the
Great Philosophers of History
Abraham Kuyper on Immanuel Kant.
"Philosophical pantheism ... systematically fuses every
thesis and antithesis into a synthesis ... and casts
all that seem dissimilar as similar, indeed finally being of the
same substance.... Philosophy does not really deal with what
really exists but with the image of existing reality
which it has caught in its mental mirror, or more correctly, for
itself. Kant set this ball rolling by proclaiming that
real existence eludes us and that at least the shape and
dimensions of what we perceive arise from within ourselves."
(Italics are Kuyper's. From Bratt, below, page 373.)
"The fundamental error of (Kant's) philosophy
is that it makes humanity autonomous, spontaneous; it derives
reason from itself; by this procedure humanity makes itself God
and becomes pantheistic." Kuyper is quoting Franz von
Baader (1765-1841). (This quote is taken from James Bratt,
Abraham Kuyper: A Centennial Reader, page 377.)
Abraham Kuyper on Georg W. F. Hegel.
"Hegel clearly perceived that his system of identity could not
co-exist with standard logic. Accordingly, he did not
shrink from assailing logic itself, specifically by cutting
through the principle of the excluded middle. Only so did
he clear the road for his cavalcade of identity concepts.
He proceeded to let them file past his intellect two by two, arm
in arm: the 'something' side-by-side with the 'nothing,' the
'here' with the 'beyond,' the finite with the infinite, the
ideal with the real, being with thought, object with subject,
the different with the indifferent, freedom with necessity,
imaginary light with imaginary darkness." (Bratt,
Abraham Kuyper, page 381)