In partnership with the Dutch Reformed Translation Society, Baker Academic is proud to offer in English for the very first time all four volumes of Herman. This magnum opus of the renowned Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck is now fully translated into English. Includes a combined index of all four volumes as well. Drawing from the church fathers and medieval thinkers, Bavinck engages Roman Reformed Dogmatics, 4 Volumes () by Herman Bavinck.

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With the translation and republication of Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics, this unfortunate situation should change for the better. What this translates into is a theological orientation from a decidedly well-balanced Reformed persuasion that enables the reader to critique more modern 20th and 21st century theologies and theologians.

Mouw, IRT Bulletin “We should be extremely grateful to the Dutch Reformed Translation Society for their work in bringing this important, stimulating publication to an English readership. We owe a great debt of gratitude to those who have made the treasures of Bavinck’s thought available to a new world of appreciative hearers.

About “This magisterial work exhibits Bavinck’s vast knowledge and appreciation of the Christian tradition. The Grace of Faith. Subdivisions and new subject headings have been incorporated into each chapter, greatly facilitating reading and consultation of this work. Here one finds helpful, nuanced discussions of revelation and history; the incarnation, language, and the Bible; and the relationship of Scripture and confession in the task of theology.

Bavinck’s approach throughout is meticulous, though he wears his vast learning lightly. Holy Dogjatics, Church and New Creation is the concluding volume of Herman Bavinck’s magisterial walk through Christian theology from a Reformed perspective. Theologians have long appreciated Herman Bavinck’s four-volume masterpiece, Gereformeerde Dogmatiekpublished infor its comprehensive treatment of dogmatic theology. This is not easy reading, but the effort is worthwhile to mine the depths of Bavinck’s comprehensive and thoughtful summary of the Dutch Reformed tradition.

Dogma and Greek Philosophy. The combination of both made his work famous, and studying his work fruitful also for a new generation. Although written over a century ago, Reformed Dogmatics still addresses contemporary theological issues. It also speaks as we struggle with an increasing secularism, in a growing experientialism which has become anti-intellectual.


Bavnck not only is encompassing in content but also shows everywhere a profound insight into the basic problems that a Reformed theology has to face and a deep sensitivity for modern culture. Faith and Its Ground. Packer, professor of theology, Regent College “Arguably the most important systematic theology ever produced in the Reformed tradition.

As one who has read the entire 4-volume Dutch work from cover to cover times, I can attest to the fine job of editing and translating John Bolt and John Vriend have done, respectively.

Of special interest is Bavinck’s insightful critique of the role of apologetics in establishing certainty in faith. Baker Academic- Religion – pages. This masterful theological work is now available to passionate students of theology. What is perhaps most striking about Bavinck’s approach is the way he seeks to engage from the outset with the tension between the world of God and the world of men. Written from a Reformed perspective, it offers a perceptive critique of modern theology.

Far from hindering the reader’s grasp of the material, Dr. Two Kinds of Faith.

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Divine and Human Logos. The History and Literature. Herman Bavinck’s Gereformeerde Dogmatiek represents the concluding high point of some four centuries of remarkably productive Dutch Reformed theological reflection. To pietists fearful of the modern world on one hand and to critics of orthodoxy skeptical about its continuing relevance on the other, Bavinck’s example suggests a model answer: While the content of his volume is identical with the dogmatica, the layout in the translation renders the material far more accessible.

This splendid translation gives reforme the benefits of Bavinck’s thorough consideration of theological prolegomena, revelation, and faith. Dogma and Theology in the East. Ongoing work in systematic theology will not advance much if it neglects to wrestle honestly and frequently with the gems in this great work.

The strength of Bavinck’s Dogmatics is that it’s neither conservative nor progressive, but its biblical character makes it constantly up-to-date. The seventeen chapters of this volume are grouped into sections: Though Bavinck’s dogmatics was written about one hundred years ago and reflects the state of theological discussion of an earlier period, it remains one of the most important summaries of Reformed theology ever written. John Bolt is professor of systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary.


You will find yourself taking these volumes from the shelf and pouring over the rich history of dogma, the profound and continued use of Scripture, and the thorough grasp of theology and theological positions that Herman Bavinck offers. What especially impresses, however, as one moves methodically through these tomes is Bavinck’s integrity.

John Vriend Continue reading about John Vriend. Editor John Bolt characterizes the work as follows: The Testimony of the Spirit. These fundamental issues are dealt bavinkc out of his deep commitment to God’s divine revelation dogmaatics Scripture, the need to engage modern thought, and a piety by faith nurtured in the riches of the Reformed faith. He seriously engaged other theological traditions, notably the Roman Catholic and the modern liberal Protestant ones; effectively mined the church fathers and great medieval thinkers; and placed his own distinct neo-Calvinist stamp on the Reformed Dogmatics.

The reader is more fully equipped to understand the motivations as well as the theological constructions behind each of the respective movements.

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At every step of the way, the reader will find that Bavinck is engaged in an ongoing conversation with theologians of the past as well as the present, many of whom represent views with which he sharply differs but which he nonetheless addresses with care and interest. Selected pages Title Page. The unavailability in English of his crowning work, Gereformeerde Dogmatiekhas been a particularly significant lack. With the publication of this first volume and, D.

There is no doubting the fact [this volume] represent[s] systematic theological reflection of monumental significance. That seems like an outlandish claim because the book in question appeared in the Netherlands nearly a hundred years ago.

John Bolt has performed a great service by his editorial introductions and notes in the English translation. This is truly a publication event worthy of rejoicing. Herman Bavinck succeeded Abraham Kuyper as professor of systematic theology at the Free University of Amsterdam in This masterwork will appeal to scholars and students of theology, research and theological libraries, and pastors and laity who read serious works of Reformed theology.