Bavinck’s “Beginselen der Pscyhologie” (1923)

The 1923 edition of Herman Bavinck’s Beginselen der Pscychologie, edited by Valentin Hepp, can now be accessed here. Hepp praised the work as “beyond comparison” on its subject matter. The 1897 edition of Beginselen der Pscychologie has long been available on Google Books. (Links to these and other works by Herman Bavinck are provided on the bibliography page.)

Exciting news is that an English translation of Beginselen der Pscychologie is scheduled to appear in The Bavinck Review early in 2019.

A new annotated edition of Bavinck’s “Philosophy of Revelation”

A new edition of Bavinck’s classic Philosophy of Revelation has just been published. A valuable feature of this edition is its helpful notes, references, and explanations. These make Bavinck’s text more accessible and help to integrate it with Bavinck’s other writings. The book is available here and here. The editors are Nathaniel Gray Sutanto and Cory Brock.

Some of the chapters include:

  • The Idea of a Philosophy of Revelation 
  • Revelation andPhilosophy
  • Revelation and Nature
  • Revelation and History
  • Revelation andReligion
  • Revelation and Christianity
  • Revelation and Religious Experience
  • Revelation and Culture
  • Revelation and the Future



Bavinck Review 8 (2017) Published

The Bavinck Institute at Calvin Seminary is pleased to release The Bavinck Review 8 (2017) (2.3 MB PDF). Articles cover a range of topics, but several focus on the theme of faith, assurance, and certainty.

Editorial

Articles

Why a Bavinck Institute? Why at Calvin Seminary? by John Bolt

Herman Bavinck’s Lectures on the Certainty of Faith (1891) by Henk van den Belt

On Certainty in Faith and Science: The Bavinck-Warfield Exchange by Gijsbert van den Brink

The Abiding Significance of Herman Bavinck’s Theology by Cornelis (Kees) van der Kooi

Translations

Herman Bavinck’s Preface to the Synopsis Purioris Theologiae by Henk van den Belt and Mathilde de Vries-van Uden

Two Letters from J. H. Gunning, Jr. to Herman Bavinck Regarding Bavinck’s Gereformeerde Dogmatiek, Volumes 1 and 2 by Leo Mietus and Allan J. Janssen

Pearls and Leaven

Précis of Herman Bavinck’s “Persevering in the Christian Life” by John Bolt

Review

Eglington, James P. Herman Bavinck on Preaching and Preachers by Jessica Joustra

Bavinck Bibliography 2016–2017

Contributors

Announcing the Bavinck Collection Grand Opening

Heritage HallJohn 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 Hekman Library’s Heritage Hall. It contains some 1,750 books including copies of original and unpublished Bavinck manuscripts as well as scholarly essays by and about Bavinck, Abraham Kuyper, and Dutch neo-Calvinism. It is available to faculty, students, and visiting scholars.

The grand opening is open to the public. No need to RSVP.

When: 2 May 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: the Calvin Seminary auditorium (map)

Questions: Prof. Bolt’s office: (616) 957-6010; [email protected]

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 Modernisme en Orthodoxie: A Translation by Bruce R. Pass

Pearls and Leaven

An Excerpt on Prayer from Bavinck’s Reformed Ethics by John Bolt

Bavinck Bibliography 2015

“The Context of Bavinck’s 1908 Princeton Stone Lectures” by James Bratt

James Bratt
James Bratt

Professor Emeritus James Bratt delivered this plenary lecture at the the 2008 Bavinck Conference at Calvin Seminary.

In the lecture Professor Bratt unpacks the historical context of Herman Bavinck’s 1908 Stone Lectures.

He builds upon a twofold motif first suggested by Professor George Harinck as a summary of the tensions evident in Bavinck’s life and thought: movement from the outside world to the inside, and from the inside to the outside. This double movement highlights a key note in Bavinck’s Reformed catholic theology generally and within the Stone Lectures in particular: the conciliation between modern life and ancient faith.

The lecture was published as “The Context of Herman Bavinck’s Stone Lectures: Culture and Politics in 1908,” Bavinck Review 1 (2010): 4–24 (PDF).

“Herman Bavinck and the Pearl-Leaven Imbalance in Contemporary Youth Ministry” — Syd Hielema

Prof. Syd Hielema
Prof. Syd Hielema

Professor Syd Heilema delivered this lecture on how Bavinck might have approached contemporary youth ministry at the the 2008 Bavinck Conference at Calvin Seminary.

Related publications

Syd Hielema, “Herman Bavinck’s Eschatological Understanding of Redemption,” ThD diss., Toronto: Wycliffe College, Toronto School of Theology, 1998 (PDF).

“Herman Bavinck and Reformed Epistemology” by Nicholas Wolterstorff

Nicholas Wolterstorff
Nicholas Wolterstorff

Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School, delivered this plenary lecture at the the 2008 Bavinck Conference at Calvin Seminary.

In the lecture Professor Wolterstorff

  • explains what Reformed epistemology is,
  • articulates the places in Herman Bavinck’s thought where related themes appear (at ~39:45),
  • and points out the affinities between Bavinck’s thought and contemporary Reformed epistemology (at ~64:00).

The lecture was published as “Herman Bavinck—Proto Reformed Epistemologist,” Calvin Theological Journal 45, no. 1 (2010): 133–46.

Related publications

Michael S. Chen, “‘To See Darkness, To Hear Silence’: Herman Bavinck and Augustine on Epistemology,” Bavinck Review 2 (2011): 96–106.

Steven J. Duby, “Working with the Grain of Nature: Epistemic Underpinnings for Christian Witness in the Theology of Herman Bavinck,” Bavinck Review 3 (2012): 60–84.

Jacob Klapwijk, “Rationality in the Dutch Neo-Calvinist Tradition,” in Rationality in the Calvinian Tradition, edited by Hendrik Hart, Johan Van der Hoeven, and Nicholas Wolterstorff (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1983), 113–131.

Bruce R. Pass, “Herman Bavinck and the Problem of New Wine in Old Wineskins,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 17, no. 4 (2015): 432–49, doi:10.1111/ijst.12118.

Bruce R. Pass, “Herman Bavinck and the Cogito,” Reformed Theological Review 74, no. 1 (2015): 15–33.

Alvin Plantinga, “The Reformed Objection to Natural Theology,” in Rationality in the Calvinian Tradition, edited by Hendrik Hart, Johan Van der Hoeven, and Nicholas Wolterstorff, 363–83. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1983.

David S. Sytsma, “Herman Bavinck’s Thomistic Epistemology: The Argument and Sources of His Principia of Science,” in Five Studies in the Thought of Herman Bavinck, A Creator of Modern Dutch Theology, ed. John Bolt (Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen, 2011), 1–56.

Arvin Vos, “Knowledge according to Bavinck and Aquinas,” Bavinck Review 6 (2015), 9–36.

Albert M. Wolters, “Dutch Neo-Calvinism: Worldview, Philosophy and Rationality,” in Rationality in the Calvinian Tradition, edited by Hendrik Hart, Johan Van der Hoeven, and Nicholas Wolterstorff, 113–31. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1983.