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ix acknowledgments the unusually long gestation period this book has undergone has meant that in writing it I have incurred more debts than I can possibly record here (or even remember). I am very grateful to Nicholas Wolterstorff, whose comments on the manuscript were most helpful in improving its flow (but who bears no responsibility for any of its remaining defects). I profited from the advice of an anonymous reviewer who rightly pressed me to try to make Dooyeweerd’s thought as clear as possible to someone unfamiliar with his work. Readers in that category will be the judge of how well I have succeeded. Students at the Institute for Christian Studies, Adam Smith, Mike De Moor, and especially Murray Johnston, provided valuable assistance in the preparation of the manu­ script. Chuck van Hof, senior editor at the University of Notre Dame Press, has been consistent in his encouragement and showed me far more patience than I deserved. I am also very grateful to his editorial and production colleagues at the Press for their meticulous and professional work on the text. My work on Dooyeweerd’s social and political thought began when I was a graduate student at the Institute for Christian Studies (ICS) in the early 1980s. Participating in Bernard Zylstra’s reading group on the third volume of Dooyeweerd’s A New Critique of Theoretical Thought was a­ remarkable privilege. There could have been no better introduction to Dooyeweerd’s writings than Bernard’s unique combination of meticulous , critical line-by-line analysis and wide-angled historical and cultural contextualization. He was one of only nine doctoral students supervised by Dooyeweerd himself. His untimely passing in 1986 deprived the academy of a foremost interpreter of Dooyeweerd. x Acknowledgments Bernard’s colleague Paul Marshall showed me how Dooyeweerd’s political thought can not only speak insightfully to key issues in contemporary political theory but also inform and inspire responses to pressing practical issues of justice. Other ICS faculty from those years, especially Albert Wolters, Hendrik Hart, Calvin Seerveld, and George Vandervelde, were also formative in my appreciation of Dooyeweerd’s philosophy and the distinctive stream of Protestant thought from which it emerged. It was an honor to be the first holder of the Dooyeweerd Chair in Social and Political Philosophy at ICS from 2004 to 2006, a post established as a result of the vision and generosity of Magnus Verbrugge, Dooyeweerd ’s son-in-law. The opportunity afforded by that position was of great help in bringing the manuscript to completion. I much regret that Magnus did not live to see the book in print, but I hope his wife, Maria, and their family will receive it as a tribute to Magnus’s lifelong commitment to honoring the remarkable legacy of Maria’s father. I am also grateful to Maria for permission to use Magnus’s portrait of Dooyeweerd on the front cover. Over many years I have learned a great deal about Dooyeweerd’s thought and its contemporary relevance from the writings of and from conversations with James Skillen (former president of the Center for Public Justice), who wrote the first doctoral thesis in English on Dooyeweerd ’s political thought. Conversations with John Hiemstra have been consistently instructive on the application of Dooyeweerd’s ideas to public policy questions. The exemplary efforts of Gerald Vandezande (formerly of Citizens for Public Justice) to put the principle of “public justice” to practical work in the nitty-gritty of Canadian politics will always remain an inspiration. Even if he doesn’t read every line of this book, I hope he at least enjoys the epilogue. I have drawn on the work of many Dooyeweerd scholars in the Netherlands associated with the Vrije Universitieit van Amsterdam (now oddly renamed VU University Amsterdam) and the Association for Reformational Philosophy, including Bob Goudzwaard, Henk Geerstema, Henk Woldring, Govert Buijs, and Cees Klop. Sander Griffioen, especially , has not only taught me much about Dooyeweerd’s social philosophy (and a bit about Chinese philosophy) but also become a valued friend and colleague. It has been a particular pleasure to explore ecumenical convergences between Neo-Calvinist and Catholic social thought Acknowledgments xi with several North American scholars, especially Kenneth Grasso and Jeanne Heffernan Schindler. I remain grateful for scholarly guidance and advice in the early years of this project to John Morrell and Ernest Thorpe, my doctoral supervisors at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and to Anthony Black at Dundee University, a leading specialist...


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