International Conference on Bavinck’s Ethics

Theological University Kampen (Broederweg)

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.

More Information: The official invitation can be read here. More information is available here on the official conference website.

Bavinck’s Reformed Ethics available

Bavinck’s Reformed Ethics Vol.1: Created, Fallen, and Converted Humanity

Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Ethics Vol. 1: Created, Fallen, and Converted Humanity is now widely available for sale.

The price is about $37 from Amazon and Christianbook, slightly more at Baker Book House , and $32 from Reformation Heritage Books (RHB also sell Bavinck’s Essays for $24).

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.


Kuyper Conference 2019

Conference: “Christ and Community”

When: 23–25 April 2019

Where: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. (Prince Conference Center at Calvin College & Seminary.)

Plenary speakers:

  • 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.

More information:   See the Kuyper Conference Website or this (PDF 240 KB) for more information.

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.



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

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


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

Bavinck Bibliography 2016–2017


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.



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