Eilean Chaluim Chille

Eilean Chaluim Chille (St Columba’s Isle) is an important medieval ecclesiastical site at Skeabost, Isle of Skye.

In previous blogs I’ve mentioned what Dooyeweerd puts in place of the dualistic way of thinking, so common in modern philosophies, namely, Creation, Fall, Redemption. In the last blog I looked briefly at what Dooyeweerd meant by ‘Creation’. In this blog I look briefly at what he means by the Fall and Redemption.

Eilean Chaluim Chille, Sgeubost

The Fall

The Fall was a radical fall in the religious root of being, i.e. the human being that God created. This being was in time but also supratemporal, pointing ‘beyond’ time. ‘The powers and potential which God had enclosed within creation were disclosed by man in his service of love to God and neighbour.’ (Friesen, 2007) His task was also ‘to help redeem the temporal world.’ He failed in this task. Also ‘the fall must be interpreted as a fall in the religious root of temporal reality; there was a falling away of the heart from its Creator. That is the cause of spiritual death … The fall was in the supratemporal root, which was still an undifferentiated unity.’ (Friesen, 2007)

Warrior, Eilean Chaluim Chille


Because of the fall in the religious root of mankind, a New Root was needed. This happened with Christ’s incarnation. It ‘effected redemption of the whole temporal cosmos, although this is still being worked out in time.’ ‘Sin was thereby “really propitiated”. ‘Christ Jesus is the second Adam, in whom nothing of God’s creation can be lost.’ ‘In order to have insight into the full horizon of our experience, we must participate in Christ as the New Root.’ (Friesen 2007)

A journey of learning

Obviously, I’m not a Dooyeweerd scholar and I don’t pretend to make an adequate presentation of his philosophy. His philosophy is extensive and profound and I’m in the process of learning more about it. Despite all that, I think I have glimpsed the importance of some of his key ideas. Important because his key ideas are necessary correctives for the philosophies which have led to secular humanism.

A book on Dooyeweerd

As part of the journey of learning, I’m reading a book on Dooyeweerd by Andre Troost called What is Reformational Philosophy? It’s an introduction to Dooyeweerd’s philosophy. I came across it on Amazon and was delighted to see a review of the book there by Fearghas MacFhionnlaigh, the Gaelic poet and Dooyeweerd student. His review persuaded me that the book was worth reading, and so I bought it. So far I’m not disappointed. Although I would have to say it would probably require one to have an interest – even if slight – in philosophy to enjoy it. It is certainly clarifying for me some of Dooyeweerd’s concepts that I found puzzling.

Plaque, Eilean Chaluim Chille