“Herman Bavinck and Reformed Epistemology” by Nicholas Wolterstorff

Nicholas Wolterstorff
Nicholas Wolterstorff

Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School, delivered this plenary lecture at the the 2008 Bavinck Conference at Calvin Seminary.

In the lecture Professor Wolterstorff

  • explains what Reformed epistemology is,
  • articulates the places in Herman Bavinck’s thought where related themes appear (at ~39:45),
  • and points out the affinities between Bavinck’s thought and contemporary Reformed epistemology (at ~64:00).

The lecture was published as “Herman Bavinck—Proto Reformed Epistemologist,” Calvin Theological Journal 45, no. 1 (2010): 133–46.

Related publications

Michael S. Chen, “‘To See Darkness, To Hear Silence’: Herman Bavinck and Augustine on Epistemology,” Bavinck Review 2 (2011): 96–106.

Steven J. Duby, “Working with the Grain of Nature: Epistemic Underpinnings for Christian Witness in the Theology of Herman Bavinck,” Bavinck Review 3 (2012): 60–84.

Jacob Klapwijk, “Rationality in the Dutch Neo-Calvinist Tradition,” in Rationality in the Calvinian Tradition, edited by Hendrik Hart, Johan Van der Hoeven, and Nicholas Wolterstorff (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1983), 113–131.

Bruce R. Pass, “Herman Bavinck and the Problem of New Wine in Old Wineskins,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 17, no. 4 (2015): 432–49, doi:10.1111/ijst.12118.

Bruce R. Pass, “Herman Bavinck and the Cogito,” Reformed Theological Review 74, no. 1 (2015): 15–33.

Alvin Plantinga, “The Reformed Objection to Natural Theology,” in Rationality in the Calvinian Tradition, edited by Hendrik Hart, Johan Van der Hoeven, and Nicholas Wolterstorff, 363–83. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1983.

David S. Sytsma, “Herman Bavinck’s Thomistic Epistemology: The Argument and Sources of His Principia of Science,” in Five Studies in the Thought of Herman Bavinck, A Creator of Modern Dutch Theology, ed. John Bolt (Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen, 2011), 1–56.

Arvin Vos, “Knowledge according to Bavinck and Aquinas,” Bavinck Review 6 (2015), 9–36.

Albert M. Wolters, “Dutch Neo-Calvinism: Worldview, Philosophy and Rationality,” in Rationality in the Calvinian Tradition, edited by Hendrik Hart, Johan Van der Hoeven, and Nicholas Wolterstorff, 113–31. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1983.

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

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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