Essays on Religion, Science, and Society
Herman Bavinck, the premier theologian of the Kuyper-inspired, neo-Calvinistic revival in the late-nineteenth-century Netherlands, is an important voice in the development of Protestant theology. Essays on Religion, Science, and Society is the capstone of his distinguished career. These seminal essays...
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Herman Bavinck, the premier theologian of the Kuyper-inspired, neo-Calvinistic revival in the late-nineteenth-century Netherlands, is an important voice in the development of Protestant theology. Essays on Religion, Science, and Society is the capstone of his distinguished career. These seminal essays offer an outworking of Bavinck??'s systematic theology as presented in his Reformed Dogmatics and engage enduring issues from a biblical and theological perspective. The work presents his mature reflections on issues relating to ethics, education, politics, psychology, natural science and evolution, aesthetics, and philosophy of religion. This collection???Bavinck??'s most significant remaining untranslated work???is now available in English for the first time. Pastors, students, and scholars of Reformed theology will value this work.
Praise for Bavinck's "Reformed Dogmatics" "Arguably the most important systematic theology ever produced in the Reformed tradition. I have found it to be the most valuable. English-speaking theology throughout the twentieth century until now has been singularly impoverished by not having at its disposal a translation of Bavinck's "Dogmatiek" in its entirety. This will be an incomparable boon for generations of students, pastors, teachers, and others, serving to deepen understanding and enrich reflection in both historical and systematic theology."--Richard B. Gaffin Jr., Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia "To read [these volumes] is to take a large step back from the theological currents that swirl around and through the theological academy. . . . While the content . . . is identical with the original, the layout in the translation renders the material far more accessible. . . . Most helpful of all are the splendid chapter synopses that have been crafted with obvious care by the editor and inserted before each chapter. . . . The translation is eloquent, lucid, and faithful to the original."--George Vandervelde, "Calvin Theological Journal" "Bavinck's serious engagement with the biblical text, the history of Christian theology, non-Christian thought, and with other non-Reformed theological traditions, particularly Roman Catholicism and liberal Protestantism, makes for enjoyable theological reading. . . . The translation of these volumes into English is a welcome addition to the resources for study of Reformed theology. . . . Those who desire to understand the faith once for all delivered to the saints will be rewarded by a careful and systematic reading."--Glenn R.Kreider, "Bibliotheca Sacra" "Bavinck's "Reformed Dogmatics" has been the fountainhead of Reformed theology for the last hundred years. It is by far the most profound and comprehensive Reformed systematic theology of the twentieth century. The reader will be amazed by Bavinck's erudition, creativity, and balance. Bavinck is confessionally orthodox, but he recognizes the need to rethink the traditional formulations from Scripture in the context of contemporary discussion. I hope it will have a large readership and will bring forth much theological and spiritual fruit." --John M. Frame, Reformed Theological Seminary
Herman Bavinck, the premier theologian of the Kuyper-inspired, neo-Calvinistic revival in the late nineteenth-century Netherlands, is an important voice in the development of Protestant theology. Essays on Religion, Science, and Society offers an outworking of Bavinck's systematic theology as presented in his acclaimed Reformed Dogmatics and engages enduring issues from a biblical and theological perspective. The work presents his mature reflections on issues relating to ethics, education, politics, psychology, natural science and evolution, aesthetics, and philosophy of religion. This capstone of Bavinck's distinguished career, and his most significant remaining untranslated work, is now available in English for the first time."I have long admired Bavinck as a major systematic theologian, but in these essays I discovered a Bavinck I never knew. He moves easily--and brilliantly--through adolescent psychology, conceptions of the unconscious, Islam, social contract theory, evolutionary thought, philology, and aesthetics, to name only a few of a broad set of topics. Here an amazing nineteenth-century Calvinist mind addresses with much wisdom a twenty-first-century intellectual agenda!"--Richard J. Mouw, Fuller Theological Seminary"This volume of essays demonstrates that good theology is not restricted to private matters of personal piety and faith but has an essential public dimension. The Triune God, who saves us through the work of Christ and incorporates us into the body of Christ, the new people of God, by the powerful work of the Holy Spirit, is the same God who is Creator of heaven and earth. . . . It is the insistence on taking creation seriously as God's revelation without in any way diminishing the necessity of biblical revelation as the key to understanding it that is the hallmark of Bavinck's writing on matters of religion, education, science, and society."--John Bolt, from the editor's introduction"Bavinck had a thoroughly disciplined mind, yet with the heart of a child. . . . All his teaching, all his preaching, all his writing was shot through and through with the richness of divine grace as revealed in Christ. . . . His mentality was marvelous. Few men have a mind as adaptable as his. He might have excelled in almost any branch of study. A wonderful linguist, a leading star in the field of dogmatics, great as a philosopher, an authority in pedagogy, wonderfully human in his contact with everyday life, and tenderly moving when he touched the Christian experience--he was indeed gifted above ten thousands."--Henry Elias Dosker, from "Herman Bavinck: A Eulogy"
John Bolt (Ph.D., University of St. Michael's College) is professor of systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is author of The Christian Story and the Christian School; Stewards of the Word and A Free Church, A Holy Nation: Abraham Kuyper's American Public Theology. He is also the editor of the four volume English edition of Herman Bavinck's Reformed Dogmatics.
Boonstra is theological librarian emeritus at Calvin College,Grand Rapids,
Hermann Bavinck lived from 1854-1921. He was a contemporary of Abraham Kuyper and B.B. Warfield, both of whom he knew well. He graduated magna cum laude with a double major in Systematic Theology & OT. His doctoral dissertation was on the concept of the State in Zwingli's theology.
Bavinck taught at the Theological Seminary in Kampen, Holland before accepting the position of professor at the Free University of Amsterdam. He is best known for his magnum opus, The Reformed Dogmatics.... Gereformeerde Dogmatiek, in (4 volumes) which have now been available in English. Until recently, a translated version of his popular Dogmatics (Our Reasonable Faith) was available in paperback. Bavinck is one of the most balanced and solidly Reformed theologians Holland has ever produced.
- Herman Bavinck: A Eulogy By Henry Elias Dosker <br>1. Philosophy Of Religion (faith) <br>2. The Essence Of Christianity <br>3. Theology And Religious Studies <br>4. Psychology Of Religion <br>5. Christianity And Natural Science <br>6. Evolution <br>7. Christian Principles And Social Relationships <br>8. On Inequality <br>9. Trends In Psychology <br>10. The Unconscious <br>11. Primacy Of The Intellect Or The Will <br>12. Trends In Pedagogy <br>13. Classical Education <br>14. Of Beauty And Aesthetics <br>15. Ethics And Politics <br>appendix A: Foreword By C. B. Bavinck <br>appendix B: Theology And Religious Studies In Nineteenth-century Netherlands <br>index