Herman Bavinck’s Lectures in Dogmatics

Exciting news for those who can read Dutch: Herman Bavinck’s manuscript for his Amsterdam lectures in Dogmatics , “The Most Important Problems in Dogmatics Today” [“De voornaamste problemen der tegenwoordige dogmatiek”], has been published for the first time. The text was curated, introduced, and annotated by Dr. Dirk van Keulen of the Neo-Calvinism Research Institute at the Theological University Utrecht.

Herman Bavinck (1854–1921) left the Theological School in Kampen in 1902 to teach Dogmatics (Systematic Theology) at the Free University of Amsterdam. This manuscript formed the basis of these lectures in 1903 and 1904, and focus on the history of theology and philosophy. About a decade later (1915–1920), Bavinck again used this manuscript for his lectures in the history of Dogmatics. Thus the text serves as a bridge between the first and second editions of Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics.

The book was published by the Archief- en Documentatiecentrum, Kampen.

Here is an overview of the contents:

In addition to an introduction, this part of Bavinck’s lectures (“Historical Overview”) include the following chapters :

  1. Holy Scripture.
  2. The Triumph of Christianity over Paganism
  3. Supernaturalism in Rome
  4. The Reformation
  5. Kant, Schleiermacher, and Hegel
  6. The Development of Theology in the Nineteenth Century
  7. Most Recent Theology
  8. Most Recent Theology (continued).

Two further chapters in the appendix deal with “Marxism” and “The Fall.”

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