The Bavinck Institute’s First Publication Now in Preparation

The Bavinck Institute’s first publication is now in preparation: The J.H. Bavinck Reader: Essays in Missiology and Religious Psychology (not a final title). The new work is being translated by James A. De Jong, President of Calvin Theological Seminary, emeritus. The volume will be edited by John Bolt, James D. Bratt and Paul Visser, and it will be published by the William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

The following writings of Johan Herman Bavinck, the nephew of Herman Bavinck and long-time missionary to Indonesia and professor of missiology in the Dutch Reformed Church, will be included:

  1. Religious Consciousness and Christian Faith by J. H. Bavinck“Proclaiming Christ among the Nations” (Christusprediking in de Volkerenwereld [Kok, 1940])
  2. “General Revelation and the Non-Christian Religions,” Free University Quarterly 4 (1955): 43-55.
  3. “Religious Consciousness and Christian Faith” (Religieus Besef en Christelijk Geloof [Kok,1989])
  4. Five Chapters from Christus en de Mystiek van het Oosten (Christ and Eastern Mysticism):
    1. Chapter III: God en Wereld (“God and Cosmos”)
    2. Chapter IV: Microcosmos en Macrocosmos
    3. Chapter V: De Wereldorde (“The World Order”)
    4. Christ and Eastern Mysticism by J. H. Bavinck Chapter VI: Het Wonderlijke Spel van het Menschenleven (“The Amazing Game of Human Life”)
    5. Chapter VII: De Weg der Verlossing (“The Way of Salvation”)

Also included will be a significant introduction to the life and thought of J.H. Bavinck, by Paul Visser, pastor of the Bethlehem Church (Protestant Churches in the Netherlands) in The Hague. Visser is a world authority on J.H. Bavinck and author of Heart for the Gospel, Heart for the World: The Life and Thought of Reformed Pioneer Missiologist Johan Herman Bavinck [1895-1964] (Wipf & Stock, 2003).

This translation project is made possible by equal grants from the Heritage Fund of Calvin Theological Seminary, the Center for Christian Scholarship at Calvin College, and the Dutch Reformed Translation Society. Anticipated publication date: late 2010 – early 2011.