The Future of Creation Order

Vol. 2, Order Among Humans: Humanities, Social Science and Normative Practices

  • Govert J. Buijs
  • Annette K. Mosher

Part of the New Approaches to the Scientific Study of Religion book series (NASR, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Govert J. Buijs, Annette K. Mosher
    Pages 1-18
  3. Fundamental Reflections

  4. Normative Practices

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 305-308

About this book


This book investigates humanities, social sciences and politics from the perspective of the concept of creation order. It is the second volume in a series that provides a unique and topical overview of attempts to assess the current health of the concept of creation order within Reformational philosophy when it is compared with other perspectives. Divided into a section on fundamental reflections and a section on normative practices, it discusses issues such as redemption, beauty, nature, love, justice, morality, and ethics. It concludes with discussions on a practice-based theory to explain religion in international relations and a normative model for the practice of cooperation in development. 

This series reflects the role that the branch of Christian philosophy called ‘Reformational’ philosophy plays in the discussion on the status of laws of nature. Ever since its inception, almost a century ago, the concepts of order and law (principle, structure) have been at the heart of this philosophy. One way to characterise this tradition is as a philosophy of creation order. Firmly rejecting both scholastic metaphysics and Deism, Reformational philosophers have maintained the notion of law as ‘holding’ for reality. Questions have arisen about the nature of such law: is it a religious or philosophical concept; does law just mean ‘orderliness’? How does it relate to laws of nature? Have they always existed or do they ‘emerge’ during the process of evolution?


Christian ethics Political philosophy natural law social theory Reformational philosophy Christian worldview Professional practices Creation order Justice

Editors and affiliations

  • Govert J. Buijs
    • 1
  • Annette K. Mosher
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Humanities,Department of PhilosophyVU AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculty of Religion and TheologyVU AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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