DOOYEWEERD: Human Heart as Supratemporal Root of Creation

God created humans in His image. In the heart of humankind, the religious root, the center of his being, God concentrated all of creation toward His service; here He laid the supratemporal root of all temporal creatures.

This human heart, from which according to Scripture come the wellsprings of life [“Above everything else guard your heart, because from it flow the springs of life.” Prov 4:23 NSV], transcends all things temporal in the service of God.

The whole religious sense (ultimate meaning) of God’s creation lies in our heart, our entire ego, our complete self.

This heart, in which according to the Word eternity has been laid [“He has also set eternity in the human heart” Eccles 3:11 NIV], is the true supratemporal center of the human’s existence, and at the same time it is the creaturely center of all of God’s creation.

The apostasy of this heart, of this root of creation, necessarily swept with it all temporal creation. In Adam not only all humanity  fell, but also that entire temporal cosmos of which the human was the crowned head.

And in Christ, the Word become flesh, the second Covenant Head, God gave the new root of His redeemed creation, in Whom true humanity has been implanted through self-surrender, through surrender of the center of existence, the heart.

(Herman Dooyeweerd: The Christian Idea of the State, Craig Press 1968, p5)

See also:

ABC Dooyeweerd 3: Inquietum