The study ofdogmatics are gods revelation about himself to man, but we do more than merely study him. Our reasonable faith by herman bavinck, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. Who was herman bavinck, and why is this work of theology so important. The net result of bavinck s investigation is a moderate realism 5 which seeks on the one hand to avoid the extremes of realism, but on the other hand to avoid the extremes of idealism. Readers will discover more than bavinck the theologian in these volumes. Under the title of magnalia dei, the wonderful works of god, i wish to give a simple explanation of the christian faith in a book of modest scope, as confessed by the reformed churches herman bavinck, from his foreword 110 years after its original publication, the wonderful works of god remains one of the finest singlevolume systematic theologies ever written. Although bavinck passed away in 1921, he remains a powerful force in reformed theology. God moved us to the netherlands and eventually to kampen, the city where bavinck taught systematic theology and ethics for twenty years. Careful historical presentation, painstaking effort to do justice to both sides of a question and always a wealth of biblical material to support its views make the doctrine of god an unusually accurate and authoritative volume. The time is ripe, therefore, to get reacquainted with bavinck. Importantly, bavinck makes clear that neither creation, nor revelation, nor the incarnation brings about any change in god. His operation as he carries out his eternal purpose. Throughout the book, bavinck lays out a christian theology of the family, and he gives practical advice on how families can withstand modern challenges and temptations. The great iam of god in biblical covenant relationship with his people in the old testament world.
After surveying the doctrine of scripture in both the princetonians and bavinck via the recent claims of mcgowan, i conclude that there is no sub stantive difference between them in terms of actual doctrine. His result, at least in this volume, is a budding neocalvinist take on the doctrine of god, and more particularly the doctrine of creation. Bavinck distinguishes two aspects of god s unity i. Bavincks insight was that theological method must be grounded in the substance of theology itself, speci fically in its trinitarian and covenantal aspects. Oct 17, 2008 this year marks the one hundredth anniversary of bavincks stone lectures at princeton theological seminary, and the appearance in english of the final volume of his fourvolumed reformed dogmatics1. Bavinck was born in the town of hoogeveen in the netherlands to a german father. How is grace related to nature what is the connection between creation and re. Works on dogmatic or systematic theology generally begin with the doctrine of god.
The outline of bavincks reformed dogmatics the bavinck. There will be a presupposition that god is knowable, yet not discoverable by human reason. In the doctrine of god, bavinck engages this foundational aspect of christian theology by devoting his chapters to i gods incomprehensibility, ii gods knowability, iii gods names, iv gods incommunicable attributes, v gods communicable attributes, vi the holy trinity, and finally to vii gods counsel. The catholicity of christianity and the church 1888, translated into english by john bolt in 1992 and published in ctj 27, 22051. This translation provides, in the words of hendriksen, a spiritual treat for the serious reader. Because the essence of the christian religion consists in the recreation of the cosmos into a kingdom of god, bavinck writes that the great question, which returns always and everywhere, is this. The christian family bavinck reformation heritage books. Bavincks early life and education herman bavinck was born in hoogeveen, the netherlands, on december. Magnalia dei has long been prized as a faithful onevolume summary of systematic theology. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books youve read. Bavinck on the doctrine of gods knowability with this article, i will begin to treat the second volume of bavinck s reformed dogmatics, which addresses the scriptural revelation of god as the creator of all things, especially of human beings as his image bearers.
Image of god in herman bavincks reformed dogmatics. Gods eternity in the fact that we will live with him forever and enjoy eternal life, as well as in the fact that we have the ability to remember the past and to have a strong sense of awareness of the future unlike much of gods creation. Herman bavinck saved by grace herman bavinck download. Herman bavinck uncluttered collection of writings from and. I pray not only that this volume will let the secret out about bavinck s genius but also that the gems in this book will stimulate a renewal of creative. Bavinck discusses the eternality and omnipresence of god as aspects of his immutability. Bavinck s wonderful contributions to missiology and the theology of culture have been a wellkept secret in the englishspeaking world. It is called his mediatorial kingship because it is a dominion peculiar to the mediator according to grace and salvation. Part 1 will focus on the person and nature of the holy spirit and part 2 will focus on the work or office of the holy spirit. Topics covered in this volume include to doctrine of god, the trinity, creation, heaven and earth, and the doctrine of humanity. From day one, i was enamored of bavinck, and i continue to stand in awe of this man who was so powerfully used by god. He ably introduces readers to bavinck s vision of the christian life as part of god s movement of grace restoring nature and a cosmic. Yet by gods power the unchanging essence of marriage and the family remains proof, as bavinck notes, that gods purpose with the human race has not yet been achieved.
Born on december, 1854, in hoogeveen, drenthe, holland, herman bavinck was the son of the reverend jan bavinck, a leading figure in the secession from. Herman bavinck on men and women the calvinist international. Aug 25, 2016 bavinck on divine simplicity now christian theology has always been more or less conscious of this calling. This translation provides, in the words of hendriksen, a. Nearly three decades of close involvement with bavincks theology has given me a great respect for the man and his achievement. Doctrine of god by herman bavinck banner of truth usa. Through his revelation of himself in his works and word, the triune god grants to us a true knowledge of who he is, not only in his relations with his creatures, but also in the fullness of. If there were several gods, there would be no unity of plan or power in the entire universe.
Herman bavincks doctrine of god is like no other credo. The future of calvinism, the presbyterian and reformed. Jun 28, 2017 john bolt remembers his enthusiastic reaction when anthony hoekema, a professor of systematic theology at calvin theological seminary, read a section from herman bavincks reformed dogmatics titled the wideness of gods mercy. Speaking of the covenant of grace and the postflood administration, we must be careful to distinguish between the covenant of grace in a broader. The wonderful works of god, an english translation of herman bavinck s magnalia dei, is now widely available. The masterwork will appeal to scholars, students, pastors, and laity interested in reformed theology and to research and theological libraries. Doctrine of god students reformed theological library herman bavinck on.
Bavinck introduced the notion of organic inspiration of the scriptures and also developed a solution to the infrasupralapsarian conundrum. Endorsement a model of exhaustive and balanced exegesis. God s incomprehensibility, god s knowability, god s names, god s. Bavinck, dogmatics the kingship of christ is twofold. First of all, he puts it in volume iii of dogmatics, under the covenant of grace instead of volume ii where he puts the covenant of works. Herman bavinck 18541921 succeeded abraham kuyper as professor of systematic theology at the free university in amsterdam in 1902. Sin, the menace to certainty by joel heflin, ets paper, nov. God is a personal being, selfexistent, having the source of life in himself, selfconscious, and selfwilling, not shut in by nature but exalted above nature, creator of heaven and earth. The doctrine of god the father the person and work of the first person of the trinity trinity baptist church discipleship training november, 2004 introduction. I give it 4 stars because bavinck is both thorough in his handling of the material, wellorganized the material is laid out within an outline format and of course thoroughly scriptural. Abridged in one volume recently asked me how to correlate the text of the abridgement with the unabridged translation.
This god can appear and reveal himself in definite places, at definite times, to. It has been a true joy and delight to write this book. Cory brock rated it it was amazing apr 05, it has served well as a synopsis of bavinck s larger, fourvolume dogmaticsfor it presents in clear persepctive all the fundamental doctrines of the bible. The doctrine of god is the foundation of christian theology and the prerequisite of all true faith. Sep 24, 2015 in our treatment of the doctrine of the image of god, then, we must highlight, in accordance with scripture and the reformed confession, the idea that a human being does not bear or have the image of god but that he or she is the image of god. Bavinck is one of the most balanced and solidly reformed theologians holland ever produced. Yet, despite this, few books expound the biblical teaching on the being and character of god himself, or encourage that glorifying of his name for which man is made and redeemed. Herman bavinck author of reformed dogmatics volume 1. After an extended treatment of the knowability of god in volume two of his reformed dogmatics, bavinck turns to the subjects of the names and attributes of god, and the doctrine of the trinity. If i were ever to teach a systematic theology class, i would use our reasonable faith by herman bavinck to do it. The second reason bavinck s doctrine of god is worth reading is his keen awareness of two of the most common pitfalls in our understanding of god.
Immutability and reformed theology the gospel coalition. Dutch theologian herman bavinck 18541921 is widely celebrated as a leading divine in the reformed tradition, and through the ongoing labor of translation teams, editors, and publishers, his vast writings are reaching english readers. Freedom from the law consists, then, not in the fact that the christian has nothing more to do with the law, but lies in the fact that the law demands nothing more from the christian as a. In our treatment of the doctrine of the image of god, then, we must highlight, in accordance with scripture and the reformed confession, the idea that a human being does not bear or have the image of god but that he or she is the image of god. At one point bavinck interacts with modern attempts to reinvent the family. Our perception of god as being the trinity is due to our perception from our timespace dimension. One major difference in ideas between bavinck and kuyper is formulated largely in theological terms contrasting a doctrine called common grace with a doctrine called the antithesis. Eric bristley, guide to the writings of herman bavinck rhb, 2008. Neither a tenstep guide nor a onesided approach, this book embodies a christian theology of marriage and the family. Taking on the project of pre paring a onevolume outline of a fourvolume magisterial work like bavincks is not something to be done lightly. Herman bavinck 18541921, a dutch reformed theologian, was a contemporary of abraham kuyper and b. Roberts abstract this article outlines the main contours of herman bavincks prolegomena. Herman bavinck uncluttered collection of writings from.
God s singularity is a statement about the number of divine beings that exist. At the time, it took me about an hour to read one page. Reformed dogmatics volume 2 god and creation herman bavinck download bok. Reformed dogmatics volume 2 god and creation herman. Yet, despite this, few books expound the biblical teaching on the. The roman catholic view of analogy and the doctrine of scripture 3. Western theological tradition, bavinck locates his consideration of the doctrine of gods counsel, including. He first went to theological school at kampen, but then moved on to leiden for further training. Bavinck sensed the open question caused by the subjectivistic tendency of friedrich schleiermachers doctrine of revelation. This doctrine, bavinck maintains, has been taught in the scholastics and roman catholic theologians as well as in the works of lutheran and reformed theologians rd 2. God s incommunicable attributes by herman bavinck scripture itself reveals the general attributes of god s nature before, and more clearly than, it reveals his trinitarian existence. Obviously, i will not be able to offer more than a sketch of some of the. Gods attributes of independence and omnipresence are perhaps those that are. Abraham kuyper and herman bavinck and the doctrine of scripture 2008.
This study will focus upon the first person of the trinity, god the father. The rejection of the classical doctrine of god and what it says about the state of the evangelical movement. Some remarks about unpublished manuscripts in the libraries of amsterdam and kampen by dirk van keulen. God s simplicity is a statement about the nature of this one divine being. The attributes of god herman bavinck, reformed dogmatics. He graduated magna cum laude in 1880 from leiden with a double major in systematic theology and old testament. Herman bavinck is most helpful when it comes to explaining the details of the noahic covenant.
The attributes of god herman bavinck, reformed dogmatics, vol. Bavinck on the doctrine of gods knowability with this article, i will begin to treat the second volume of bavincks reformed dogmatics, which addresses the scriptural revelation of god as the creator of all things, especially of human beings as his image bearers. Nearly three decades of close involvement with bavinck s theology has given me a great respect for the man and his achievement. Following the traditional order of topics in the western theological tradition, bavinck treats the subject of the trinity after his treatment of god s. Bavinck s doctrine of god is richly informative, very detailed, and difficult to read. His reformed dogmatics is a standard text for modern reformed theology. Well be considering god s essence and attributes, and also looking at the doctrine of the trinity. Doctrine of god students reformed theological library. God is independent, allsufficient in himself, and the only source of all existence and life. Abraham kuyper and herman bavinck on the doctrine of scripture jackson, ms.
Whether youve loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. After mulling it over, i concluded that combining the subparagraph numbers and bavincks original outline for the gereformeerde dogmatiek pdf. Doctrine of god the father trinity reformed baptist church. The doctrine of god by herman bavinck trinity book service. On the whole, its teaching has been that god is simple, that is, sublimely free from all composition, and that therefore one cannot make any real i.
Hart, author of the lost soul of american protestantism bavinck s dutch masterwork was the everest of which the textbooks by louis berkhof and auguste lecerf were foothills and berkouwers studies in. After mulling it over, i concluded that combining the subparagraph numbers and bavinck s original outline for the gereformeerde dogmatiek pdf. Taking on the project of pre paring a onevolume outline of a fourvolume magisterial work like bavinck s is not something to be done lightly. Bavinck on divine simplicity now christian theology has always been more or less conscious of this calling. This is the first english translation of the second volume of herman bavinck s complete reformed dogmatics. This english translation by henry zylstra was originally published in 1956 under the title our reasonable faith. This comprehensive treatment of christian doctrine was first issued in 1909 under the title the wonderful works of god. The blessings of herman bavinck christian reformed church. It has served well as a synopsis of bavinck s larger, fourvolume dogmatics, for it presents in clear persepctive all the fundamental doctrines of the bible. Jan 01, 1978 the doctrine of god is the foundation of christian theology and the prerequisite of all true faith. Articles on the doctrine of god, christ and the spirit. The prevailing opinion has always recognized this as the most logical procedure and still points in the same direction. The gospel is temporary, but the law is eternal and is restored precisely through the gospel. Selected shorter works of herman bavinck ebook monergism.221 1080 872 1326 1120 571 390 1155 301 1318 1457 507 326 456 377 766 1522 828 1061 1502 375 441 617 1054 1219 474 302 87 54 1113 235 1387 444 525 32 670 1007 152 1450 1072 86