On 6 April 2011 Professor John Bolt delivered the following lecture for the annual Den Dulk lecture series at Westminster Seminary California: “What Herman Bavinck Taught Me.” Bolt summarizes under four headings what he has learned from his 30 years of engaging Bavinck’s work: What Bavinck taught me about
myself (who we are before God),
theological method (how we approach God in his revelation),
the content of good theology (it is always about God),
and the church (how God uses us in the mission of the Gospel).
The following is a list of confirmed speakers for the 12-14 October 2011 international Bavinck conference, “After 9/11/11. . . . What? Reformed Theology and the Church’s Global Mission Today,” to be held at Calvin Theological Seminary:
Dr. Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, 2002-2010
Dr. Clifford Anderson, Princeton Theological Seminary
Dr. John Bolt, Calvin Theological Seminary
Dr. Bert De Vries, Professor of History, Calvin College
Rev. Dr. Mark Durie, Islamic Scholar, Human Rights Activist, Anglican Pastor, Australia
Dr. Roger Greenway, Professor of Missions, Calvin Theological Seminary (retired)
Dr. George Harinck, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
Rev. Bassam Madany, Arabic Language Minister, Back to God Ministries (retired)
Richard J. Mouw, President, Fuller Theological Seminary
Dr. David Koyzis, Professor of Political Science, Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario
Dr. Diane Obenchain, Professor of Religion and Theology, Calvin College
Dr. James Payton, Professor of History, Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario
Dr. Dirk Van Keulen, Protestantse Theologische Universiteit
Dr. Cornelis Vander Kooi, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
Dr. Paul J. Visser, J. H. Bavinck scholar, pastor, Amsterdam
Dr. Ashley Woodiwiss, Grady L. Patterson Professor of Politics, Erskine College
Details regarding conference registration, schedule, and accommodations are forthcoming.
In the interview Eglinton reflects upon Bavinck’s distinctively orthodox and modern theological perspective in contrast with the neo-orthodox theology of Karl Barth. “Bavinck is really an alternative,” remarks Eglinton, “he takes a different direction than Barth.”
Furthermore, Eglinton notes that Bavinck chose a different mode of engagement with the modern world as compared with his fellow Dutch Calvinists.
He chose to go as an orthodox Reformed theologian in dialogue with the modern world, including theology, whereas many Calvinists sought to avoid the modern world. Unlike his contemporary, Abraham Kuyper, who sought to ground his thinking in a constant antithetical confrontation, Bavinck was properly respectful in conversation without leaving his orthodox views. Instead of seeking confrontation, he sought to bring his own views to a more profound depth.
In the remainder of the interview Eglinton reflects upon the similarities and differences between Calvinism in Scotland and in the Netherlands. He is currently studying this topic, and he plans to publish a book about it.
The Bavinck Institute at Calvin Theological Seminary is pleased to announce a call for papers for the October 12-14, 2011, international Bavinck Conference, entitled, After 9/11/11…What? Reformed Theology and the Church’s Global Mission Today.
are invited to submit papers for a scholarship contest and a pre-conference discussion with Bavinck scholars on October 12, 2011. Please send paper proposals to office of Continuing Education.
The conference will be held at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA (map). Further details regarding the conference schedule, speakers, rates, registration, and accommodations will be posted on this website shortly.
Congratulations are in order for Bavinck Society member and VU University of Amsterdam Professor Dr. George Harinck. The Royal National Dutch Library (Koninklijke Bibliotheek; Nationale Bibliotheek van Nederland) announced on 25 November 2010 that Herman Bavinck’s Mijn Reis Naar Amerika, transcribed, annotated, and introduced by Dr. Harinck, has been awarded the prize as the Best Dutch Travel Narrative.
The travel narrative of dominee Bavinck is decidedly unprejudiced and written with astonishment and admiration. He travelled through the United States at a time when the continent was truly “new” for Europeans. His judgment about the religious life of Americans (a topic close to his heart) bears witness to a great openness. This account is an intellectual tour de force.
Congratulations to Dr. Harinck, and our best wishes for him and for the Documentatiecentrum.
The interview covers both Dr. Eglinton’s recent dissertation on the organic motif in Herman Bavinck’s thought and his year-long research appointment at de Theologische Universiteit van de Gereformeerde Kerken vrijgemaakt in Kampen. Congratulations to Dr. Eglinton for both accomplishments!
Aart Goedvree, Theological University of Kampen (PThU)
Title: Een ondoordringbaar mysterie: Herman Bavinck en zijn concept van wedergeboorte en zijn bronnen (ET: An Impenetrable Mystery: Herman Bavinck and his concept of regeneration and its sources)
Description: My dissertation examines Herman Bavinck’s doctrine of regeneration. The extensive debates over this doctrine in 19th and 20th century Dutch neo-Calvinism form the context for my study. The scope of my research includes Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics (1st and 2nd eds.), his unpublished Reformed Ethics manuscript, and many sources relating to the doctrine of regeneration as developed from Calvin’s to Kuyper’s times. My study is divided into two parts: First I present a systematic-theological overview of the developments of regeneration from Calvin to Kuyper. Second, I analyze Bavinck’s formulation of the concept and sources of regeneration.
Drs. VanDrunen and Kloosterman delivered papers regarding Bavinck’s view of natural law and the two kingdoms at the 2008 Pearl and Leaven Conference (listen to the original exchange; Real Audio format). Both papers have been published in the Calvin Theological Journal (45.1, April 2010). Professor Bolt has provided a discussion guide which summarizes the papers and suggests five propositions as conversation-starters.
Society members are welcome to join the discussion.