Herman Bavinck’s Lectures in Dogmatics

Exciting news for those who can read Dutch: Herman Bavinck’s manuscript for his Amsterdam lectures in Dogmatics , “The Most Important Problems in Dogmatics Today” [“De voornaamste problemen der tegenwoordige dogmatiek”], has been published for the first time. The text was curated, introduced, and annotated by Dr. Dirk van Keulen of the Neo-Calvinism Research Institute at the Theological University Utrecht.

Herman Bavinck (1854–1921) left the Theological School in Kampen in 1902 to teach Dogmatics (Systematic Theology) at the Free University of Amsterdam. This manuscript formed the basis of these lectures in 1903 and 1904, and focus on the history of theology and philosophy. About a decade later (1915–1920), Bavinck again used this manuscript for his lectures in the history of Dogmatics. Thus the text serves as a bridge between the first and second editions of Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics.

The book was published by the Archief- en Documentatiecentrum, Kampen.

Here is an overview of the contents:

In addition to an introduction, this part of Bavinck’s lectures (“Historical Overview”) include the following chapters :

  1. Holy Scripture.
  2. The Triumph of Christianity over Paganism
  3. Supernaturalism in Rome
  4. The Reformation
  5. Kant, Schleiermacher, and Hegel
  6. The Development of Theology in the Nineteenth Century
  7. Most Recent Theology
  8. Most Recent Theology (continued).

Two further chapters in the appendix deal with “Marxism” and “The Fall.”

Launch of Books on Herman Bavinck by Bruce Pass

On Theology: Herman Bavinck's Academic Oration by Bruce  R. Pass: Brill Books

An event celebrating the launch of two books on Herman Bavinck by Dr. Bruce Pass will be held on 26 October at the Brisbane School of Theology, Brisbane, Australia, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. (For those who wish to follow on Zoom, this is 5:30 am to 7:00 am EST, or 10:30 am to 12:00 in the U.K.) Presentations will be given by Dr. Mark Baddeley (Queensland Theological College) and Assoc Prof Ben Myers (Alphacrucis College), as well as by Bruce Pass.

Visit https://bst.qld.edu.au/event/book-launch/ to register for the event, or to join remotely via Zoom.

Bruce Pass

Bavinck Centenary Conference: December, 2021

The Brisbane School of Theology is convening a two-day conference to mark the centenary of the death of Herman Bavinck (1854-1921).

Please note the new date: 6–7 December, 2021.

Plenary sessions will examine the contours of Bavinck’s theology, roundtables will consider Bavinck’s relevance for contemporary Christianity, and short papers will address various aspects of Bavinck’s life, thought, and legacy.

Theme: Bavinck’s theology, life, thought, legacy, and relevance for contemporary Christianity.

Where: Brisbane School of Theology, Brisbane, Australia.

When: December 6–7, 2021.

Call for papers can be viewed here. Deadline for proposed papers is June 6, 2021.

Plenary lectures include:

  • James Eglinton (University of Edinburgh) — “Herman Bavinck as a Politician
  • Graham Cole (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) — “Herman Bavinck as a Trinitarian Theologian
  • Henk van den Belt (Free University of Amsterdam) — “Herman Bavinck’s Appropriation of Reformed Sources
  • Oliver Crisp (University of St Andrews) — “Herman Bavinck’s Use of Philosophy
  • Koert van Bekkum (Kampen Theological University) — “Herman Bavinck’s Use of Scripture”

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Bavinck Centenary Conference

Brisbane, Australia

The Brisbane School of Theology is convening a two-day conference to mark the centenary of the death of Herman Bavinck (1854-1921).

Plenary sessions will examine the contours of Bavinck’s theology, roundtables will consider Bavinck’s relevance for contemporary Christianity, and short papers will address various aspects of Bavinck’s life, thought, and legacy.

Theme: Bavinck’s theology, life, thought, legacy, and relevance for contemporary Christianity.

Where: Brisbane School of Theology, Brisbane, Australia.

When: July 5–6, 2021.

Call for papers can be viewed here. Deadline for proposed papers is 7 December, 2020.

Plenary lectures include:

  • James Eglinton (University of Edinburgh) — “Herman Bavinck as a Politician
  • Graham Cole (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) — “Herman Bavinck as a Trinitarian Theologian
  • Henk van den Belt (Free University of Amsterdam) — “Herman Bavinck’s Appropriation of Reformed Sources
  • Oliver Crisp (University of St Andrews) — “Herman Bavinck’s Use of Philosophy
  • Koert van Bekkum (Kampen Theological University) — “Herman Bavinck’s Use of Scripture”

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Wonderful Works of God — Magnalia Dei

The Wonderful Works of God, a new edition of the English translation of
Herman Bavinck’s Magnalia Dei

The Wonderful Works of God, an English translation of Herman Bavinck’s Magnalia Dei, is now widely available. Magnalia Dei has long been prized as a faithful one-volume summary of systematic theology. This English translation by Henry Zylstra was originally published in 1956 under the title Our Reasonable Faith. The new edition contains many enhancements: Bavinck’s original foreword (previously unavailable in English), an introduction by R. Carlton Wynne, and a useful scripture and subject index. The typesetting has also been updated.

You can buy The Wonderful Works of God from the publisher, Westminster Seminary Press, from Reformation Heritage Books for $27 , or from online sellers like Amazon.

The book has received several favorable reviews. For example, in his review Brian Mattson describes Magnalia Dei as perhaps “the best single-volume Reformed systematic theology ever produced.

The Dutch edition of Herman Bavinck’s Magnalia Dei

Bavinck Review 10 (2019) Published

The Bavinck Institute at Calvin Seminary is pleased to publish the Bavinck Review 10 (2019).

Contents

Editorial

Articles

Kuyper and Bavinck on Natural Theology by Richard A. Muller
Nicolaus Steffens on Christianity as a Remedial Scheme by George Harinck

Translations

Herman Bavinck’s Foreword to Unbelief and Revolution by Andrew Kloes and Harry Van Dyke
W.B. Kristensen’s “On Herman Bavinck’s Scientific Work” by Laurence O’Donnell
Herman Bavinck’s Notebook on Calvin’s Doctrine of Sin by Gregory W. Parker Jr.

Pearls and Leaven

“Collision of Duties” by Herman Bavinck

Review

Herman Bavinck, Philosophy of Revelation, ed. Cory Brock and Nathaniel Gray Sutanto by Eduardo Echeverria

Bavinck Bibliography 2018–2019

Contributors