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

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.

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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.

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