Junius Institute at Calvin Seminary

Given that Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics stands firmly within the theological tradition of the great sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Protestant scholastic doctors of the church, Bavinck scholars will be delighted at today’s announcement of the launch of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research at Calvin Seminary.

Scholars and students have a new research center devoted to developing digital tools, resources, and scholarship focused on the religious reformations of the early modern era, particularly arising out of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. . . .

The institute is conceived as a forum to promote research into the Reformation and post-Reformation periods, covering the 16th to the 18th centuries, through the use of digital tools, skills, and resources. The Junius Institute will house the Post-Reformation Digital Library (PRDL), an electronic database covering thousands of authors and primary source documents on the development of theology and philosophy in these centuries. With the click of a few buttons, researchers can now download digital files with source material from hundreds of years ago. (Excerpted from the JI press release)

 

The Bavinck Review 3 (2012)

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Cover, Front Matter, Contents, and Editorial by John Bolt

Articles

“Created Over a Second Time” or “Grace Restoring Nature”? Edwards and Bavinck on the Heart of Christian Salvation by Dane C. Ortlund

Beyond the Schleiermacher-Barth Dilemma: General Revelation, Bavinckian Consensus, and the Future of Reformed Theology by Robert S. Covolo

Working with the Grain of Nature: Epistemic Underpinnings for Christian Witness in the Theology of Herman Bavinck by Steven J. Duby

Herman Bavinck, Lesslie Newbigin, and Reformed Mission in the Global Workplace by Matthew Kaemingk

Johan H. Bavinck’s Missiology and Its Implications for the Term Question in Korean Bible Translation by Daniel Sung-Ho Ahn

In Translation

The Theology of Albrecht Ritschl by Herman Bavinck, translated by John Bolt

Herman Bavinck on Scottish Covenant Theology and Reformed Piety translated and introduced by Henk van den Belt

Pearls and Leaven

Bavinck Tributes by John Bolt

Bavinck Bibliography 2011

Book Reviews

Bowlin, John, ed., The Kuyper Center Review, Volume Two: Revelation and Common Grace reviewed by Laurence R. O’Donnell III

Interview with Willem de Wit on his On the Way to the Living God

Next up in our series of author interviews is Willem J. de Wit, whose proefschrift at VU University Amsterdam under Professors A. van de Beek and C. van der Kooi was recently published as On the Way to the Living God: A Cathartic Reading of Herman Bavinck and an Invitation to Overcome the Plausibility Crisis of Christianity (Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2011). In chapters 2 and 3 Willem presents a “cathartic” reading of Bavinck based primarily upon Bavinck’s personal correspondence with Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje. In the remaining chapters Willem formulates a series of “invitations” as a way to (re)gain perspective on the living God in a post-Christian context.

Continue reading “Interview with Willem de Wit on his On the Way to the Living God”

De Wit obtains doctorate at the VU with a dissertation on Bavinck

Congratulations to Bavinck Society member Willem-Jan de Wit, who received his doctorate from the VU University Amsterdam on December 16, 2011 (see also this Reformed Daily exclusive).

De Wit’s dissertation, under the supervision of Prof. A van de Beek and Prof. C. van der Kooi, is titled, On the Way to the Loving God (VU University Press, 2011). It offers a “cathartic reading” of Herman Bavinck’s faith wrestlings, beginning with his student years at Leiden. The dissertation is available as a free download via his web site as is his related article in TBR 2: “Will I Remain Standing?”: A Cathartic Reading of Herman Bavinck.

Dr. de Wit works in Cairo on behalf of the Reformed Mission Union (Gereformeerde Zendingsbond), teaching at the Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Five Studies in the Thought of Herman Bavinck

The Bavinck Institute is pleased to announce the publication of the prize-winning essays from the 2008 “Pearl and Leaven” international Bavinck Conference held at Calvin Theological Seminary:

John Bolt, ed., Five Studies in the Thought of Herman Bavinck, A Creator of Modern Dutch Theology (Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen, 2011).

Contents

  1. Herman Bavinck’s Thomistic Epistemology: The Argument and Sources of his Principia of Science — by David S. Sytsma
  2. Unleavened Morality? Herman Bavinck on Natural Law — by Theodore G. Van Raalte
  3. Trinity and History: Bavrnck, Hegel, and Nineteenth Century Doctrines of God — by Adam Eitel
  4. Covenant Christology: Herman Bavinck and the Pactum Salutis — by Mark Jones
  5. The Status of Women in Contemporary Society: Principles and Practice in Herman Bavinck’s Socio-Political Thought — by Niels (GM.) van Driel

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$20.00 postpaid.

Note: this is for the paperback edition.

How to Order—Check

Mail a check payable to “The Bavinck Institute” to the following address:

Attn: Prof. John Bolt
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3233 Burton SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

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How to Order—Credit Card (and International Orders)

  1. Send a credit card payment for $20.00 USD via the Bavinck Institute Online Donation Form. Designate the payment for “The Bavinck Institute.”
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The Bavinck Review, Volume 2 (2011)

The Bavinck Review 2 (2011) (PDF; 1.6 MB) is now freely available.

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Title Page, Front Matter, and Contents

Editorial by John Bolt

Articles

“Will I Remain Standing?”: A Cathartic Reading of Herman Bavinck by Willem J. de Wit

Herman Bavinck’s Theological Aesthetics: A Synchronic and Diachronic Analysis by Robert S. Covolo

Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck on the Subject of Education as seen in Two Public Addresses by Timothy Shaun Price

Neither “Copernican” nor “Van Tilian”: Re-Reading Cornelius Van Til’s Reformed Apologetics in light of Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics by Laurence R. O’Donnell III

Herman Bavinck and Augustine on Epistemology by Michael S. Chen

“To See Darkness, To Hear Silence”: St. Augustine, Herman Bavinck, and the Incomprehensibility of Evil by Travis Ryan Pickell

Research Précis

Herman Bavinck and Radical Orthodoxy: Elements of Participation in the Reformed Dogmatics by Wolter Huttinga

An Impenetrable Mystery: Herman Bavinck’s Concept of Regeneration and its Sources by Aart Goedvree

In Translation

The Kingdom of God, The Highest Good by Herman Bavinck, translated by Nelson D. Kloosterman

Pearls and Leaven

Herman Bavinck and Islam by John Bolt

Bavinck Bibliography: 2010

Preview: The Bavinck Review, vol. 2, 2011

The Bavinck Review 2 (2011) is now available for Bavinck Society members. This year’s issue contains six student papers and two research précis delivered at the 2010 Edinburgh Bavinck Conference as well as a translation of Herman Bavinck’s intriguing lecture, “The Kingdom of God, The Highest Good.”

Preview TBR 2:

TBR issues are made freely available to non-Society-members six months after publication. See our inaugural issue: TBR 1 (2010).

(The preview PDFs require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 29.1: Special Bavinck Edition

The Rutherford House and the Scottish Evangelical Theological Society have announced an upcoming special edition of the Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology (29.1) that contains the plenary papers from the September 2010 Edinburgh Bavinck Conference.

SBET 29.1 Contents

Guest Editorial

Dogmatics Papers

  • “Bavinck’s use of Wisdom Literature in Systematic Theology” – Prof John Bolt (Calvin Seminary)
  • “Bavinck’s use of Augustine as an antidote to Ritschl” – Dr Mark Elliott (St Andrews)
  • “Herman Bavinck and His Reformed Sources on the Call to Grace: A Shift in Emphasis towards the Internal Work of the Spirit” – Dr Henk van den Belt (Utrecht)
  • “Bavinck, Barth and the Uniqueness of the Eucharist” – Dr Paul T Nimmo (New College)

Ethics Papers

  • “The religious character of modernism and the modern character of religion: A case study of Herman Bavinck’s engagement with modern culture” – Prof George Harinck (VU Amsterdam and TU Kampen)
  • “Herman Bavinck and the Imitation of Christ” – Dr Dirk van Keulen (PThU Kampen)
  • “Herman Bavinck and the basis of Christian certainty” – Prof Donald Macleod (Free Church College)

Special Orders

SBET 29.1 will be available in early June. The Rutherford House is offering this special Bavinck issue to non-SBET subscribers for the following prices (USD), postpaid:

Surface Mail (takes up to 6 weeks): $16
Airmail: $23

Orders may be placed by check or CC. Checks should be made out to “Rutherford House” and mailed to the following address:

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Edinburgh EH2 3JP
Scotland

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