A video recording of the book launch of Bavinck’s Reformed Ethics at Calvin Theological Seminary on 24 September 2019 can be viewed here. At the event, John Bolt and two members of his editorial team, Nelson Kloosterman and Antoine Theron, shared perspectives about the challenging process of translating and editing Bavinck’s work.
The Bavinck Institute at Calvin Theological Seminary is pleased to publish the Bavinck Review 9 (2018) (2.3 MB PDF).
This issue brings into print Herman Bavinck’s Foundations of Psychology, a translation of the second edition of Beginselen der Psychologie (1923).
An international conference will focus on the theme of Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Ethics. The conference is organized by the Neo-Calvinism Research Institute in Kampen in the Netherlands.
When: Thu., Sep. 19th — Fri., Sep. 20th, 2019.
Where: Theological University Kampen, Netherlands.
Who: Speakers and topics include:
- Roel Kuiper (TU Kampen) – Opening
- Dirk van Keulen (TU Kampen) – Presentation of Herman Bavinck’s Gereformeerde Ethiek
- Kees van der Kooi (VU Amsterdam) – ‘We as his.’ Some remarks on Bavinck’s Reformed Ethics
- James Eglinton (University of Edinburgh) – Herman Bavinck on Christian ethics in the age of Nietzsche
- Wim van Vlastuin (VU/HHS Amsterdam) – Is Bavinck among the Puritans?
- John Bolt (Calvin Seminary) – Herman Bavinck as a ‘man of science’ in the Reformed Ethics. And: Presentation of volume 1 of the English edition of Bavinck’s Reformed Ethics.
- Gerard den Hertog (TU Apeldoorn) – Communion with Christ and Discipleship in Bavinck’s Reformed Ethics
- Jessica Joustra (TU Kampen) – Conformity to Christ’s Suffering in Self-Denial and Cross-Bearing: Bavinck on the Role of Positive and Negative Virtues in the Imitation of Christ
- Hans Burger (TU Kampen) – The Renewal of the Mind: Cognitive Aspects of Sin, Conversion and Spiritual Life
- Ernst Conradie (UWC) – Could Herman Bavinck be Regarded as an Early Exponent of Christian Ecotheology?
- Henk van den Belt (VU Amsterdam) – Medicine against Doubt: The Development of Bavinck’s View of Certainty and Assurance
- Hillie van de Streek (TU Kampen) – Bavinck’s View on the Position of Women in Society
- Albert Gootjes (University of Utrecht) – Dispensing with the Dutch? Bavinck Translations from the Reformed Dogmatics to the Reformed Ethics
- Ad de Bruijne (TU Kampen) – Reformed Ethics Today
- Marcel Sarot – Bavinck on the Imitation of Christ and Mystical Union: A Roman Catholic Appreciation
- Gray Sutanto – Original Sin in Bavinck’s Ethics and Dogmatics
Registration: Register for the conference here.
Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Ethics Vol. 1: Created, Fallen, and Converted Humanity is now widely available for sale.
In a recent review, Brian Mattson describes it as a “timely work” and a “treasure trove,” valuable for scholars and theologians but also promising “deep spiritual profit” for believers who read it.
Conference: “Christ and Community”
When: 23–25 April 2019
Where: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. (Prince Conference Center at Calvin College & Seminary.)
- James Eglinton (University of Edinburgh)
Neo-Calvinism: Good News for Communities in Despair?
- Kristen Deede Johnson (Western Theological Seminary) Expanding our Gospel Imagination: The Great Commission Call to Seek God’s Kingdom and Justice in Our Communities and Institutions
- Mark Gornick and Maria Liu-Wong (City Seminary of New York) Stay in the City
- Hans Boersma (Nashotah House Theological Seminary) Neo-Calvinism and the Beatific Vision: Eschatology in the Reformed Tradition
Registration: You can register for the conference here.
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 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
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.
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
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
Eglington, James P. Herman Bavinck on Preaching and Preachers by Jessica Joustra
This video is from the 2 May 2017 Grand Opening of the Bavinck Special Collection at Hekman Library’s Heritage Hall at Calvin Seminary.
Prof. Bolt presents a short lecture on “Why a Bavinck Institute? Why at Calvin?”
Two recent CTS graduates from China discuss their translating Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics into Mandarin.
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]