English: Some theologians have reacted negatively to the postmodern challenge (Wells, Groothuis),
others more positively (McGrath, Thiselton, Vanhoozer, Grenz). The latter have
taken up Ricoeur’s concept of the “masters of suspicion” (Marx, Nietzsche, Freud),
i.e., suspicion with respect to the motives behind, and the functions of, our views.
Foucault and Lyotard have pointed out the social circumstances, power games, mental
self-deception and prejudices that play a role in our views. I assert that, basically, all
these insights were anticipated by the Christian philosopher Herman Dooyeweerd,
so that he may be called the “master of suspicion” par excellence. Theological hermeneutics
has gained more importance nowadays than ever before. It is therefore essential
to recognise it as basically of a philosophical nature. This underlines again the necessity
of a Christian-philosophical framework for doing responsible theology. In this
respect, Dooyeweerd is not outdated; on the contrary, he has anticipated many of the
present hermeneutical developments.