The Bavinck Institute at Calvin Seminary promotes international scholarship and collegiality in the Reformed catholic tradition of Herman Bavinck (1854–1921), the Dutch theologian and author of the four-volume Reformed Dogmatics; his nephew, Johan Herman Bavinck (1895–1964), missionary to Indonesia and pioneer Reformed missiologist; and his neo-Calvinist contemporaries such as Abraham Kuyper, Willem Geesink, and B. B. Warfield.


The Bavinck Institute facilitates research and friendships among scholars, teachers, pastors, and students through:

  • the Institute’s website, which is an international headquarters for news, scholarship, conferences, publications, and discussions,
  • a scholarly Society with a discussion forum for members,
  • and the annual Review.

Who’s Who?

Rev. Dr. John Bolt, Jean and Kenneth Baker Professor of Systematic Theology at Calvin Seminary, serves as the general manager of the Bavinck Institute and editor of the Review. He receives assistance from Drs. Ron Gleason, George Harinck, Nelson Kloosterman, Henk Vanden Belt, Mary Vanden Berg, Dirk Van Keulen, Cornelis Venema, Albert Wolters, and the Review’s editorial committee. Laurence O’Donnell, a PhD student at Calvin, serves as webmaster and associate editor.


  • Calvin College
  • Calvin Theological Seminary
  • Dordt College
  • Kuyper College
  • Mid-America Reformed Seminary
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • The Protestant Reformed Seminary
  • Redeemer University College
  • Reformed Theological Seminary
  • Trinity Christian College
  • Western Theological Seminary
  • Dr. Joel Beeke
  • Dr. Rimmer and Mrs. Ruth De Vries
  • Mr. Henry Witte
  • Mrs. Hilda Bolt


Announcing the Bavinck Collection Grand Opening

John Bolt, Jean and Kenneth Baker Professor of Systematic Theology at Calvin Seminary, cordially invites you to attend the grand opening of the Bavinck Institute Special Collection. The Bavinck Institute Special Collection is housed in Heckman Library’s Heritage Hall. It contains some 900 books including copies of original and unpublished Bavinck manuscripts as well as scholarly essays by and about Bavinck, …

Bavinck Review 7 Published

The Bavinck Institute at Calvin Seminary is pleased to release The Bavinck Review 7 (2016) (1.2 MB PDF). See the editorial for an update on the Reformed Ethics project, two additional pending publications, and the formal establishment of the Institute. Editorial Articles Knowledge according to Bavinck and Aquinas by Arvin Vos In Translation Herman Bavinck’s …

Updated Bavinck audio

The Institute’s audio archive has been restored and refreshed. All audio files from the following events are now in stream- and download-friendly MP3 format: 2008 “Pearl and Leaven” Bavinck Conference Lectures 2011 “After 9/11/11 . . . What?” Bavinck Conference Lectures “What Herman Bavinck Taught Me” by John Bolt 2012 Doctrine for Proclamation Conference