Holy Spirit, Church and New Creation (#4 in Reformed Dogmatics Series)
Reformed Dogmatics, vol. 4: Holy Spirit, Church, and New Creation In partnership with the Dutch Reformed Translation Society, Baker Academic is proud to offer in English for the very first time the fourth and final volume of Herman...
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Reformed Dogmatics, vol. 4: Holy Spirit, Church, and New Creation
In partnership with the Dutch Reformed Translation Society, Baker Academic is proud to offer in English for the very first time the fourth and final volume of Herman Bavinck's complete Reformed Dogmatics, now also available as a four-volume set. This volume includes the combined indexes for all four volumes. In addition, editor John Bolt introduces each chapter and has enhanced the footnotes and bibliography. This masterwork will appeal not only to scholars, students, pastors, and laity interested in Reformed theology but also to research and theological libraries.
"For those struggling with the most critical issue facing theology today, namely, the question of the truth of the Christian faith, this volume is a godsend. . . . To read it is to take a large step back from the theological currents that swirl around and through the theological academy. . . . While the content of [t]his volume 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"This magisterial work exhibits Bavinck's vast knowledge and appreciation of the Christian tradition. Written from a Reformed perspective, it offers a perceptive critique of modern theology. . . . Recommended for university, church, and seminary libraries because of its historical importance."--Augustine J. Curley, Library Journal
"Herman Bavinck has often been unjustly overshadowed by Abraham Kuyper, especially in the English-speaking world. The unavailability in English of his crowning work, Gereformeerde Dogmatiek, has been a particularly significant lack. Bavinck''s breadth, thoroughness, rigor, ecumenical interests, and spiritual fervor are clearly on display in this careful and readable translation. It is a splendid gift to theological studies and will contribute to redressing the neglect of this faithful servant of Christ and his church."--Stephen R. Spencer, Wheaton College"A welcome addition to the works of Bavinck in English."--Donald G. Bloesch, emeritus professor of theology, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary"What a wonderful gift to the English-speaking theological world! The topics explored by Bavinck are still of the utmost importance, and he addresses them here in a theological voice that is amazingly fresh. I pray that the appearance of this volume signals the beginnings of a Bavinck revival!"-Richard J. Mouw, president, Fuller Theological Seminary"Finally Bavinck becomes available to the English-speaking world. The Dutch version has been a constant stimulus for students, pastors, and other interested Christians. It has shaped generations of theologians and helped them to preach, think, and act on a fresh, Reformed basis. The strength of Bavinck''s dogmatics is that it''s neither conservative nor progressive, but its biblical character makes it constantly up-to-date. Baker and the Dutch Reformed Translation Society deserve praise for this project, from which without doubt church and theology will profit for years to come."--Herman Selderhuis, Theologische Universiteit Appeldoorn"Bavinck is one of the premier Reformed theologians, but till now much of his magnum opus has not been accessible to English-language readers. We owe a great debt of gratitude to those who have made the treasures of Bavinck''s thought available to a new world of appreciative hearers."--Donald K. McKim, editor, Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith"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 these volumes will have a large readership and will bring forth much theological and spiritual fruit."--John M. Frame, professor of systematic theology and philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary"This is one of those seminal works that embodies a significant portion of our Reformed theological heritage. We all should rejoice to see this material finally available in English!"--Samuel T. Logan Jr., Westminster Theological Seminary"Bavinck''s Reformed Dogmatics continues to be the standard of modern orthodox dogmatics in the Reformed tradition. It not only is encompassing in content but also shows everywhere a profound insight into the basic problems that a Reformed theology has to face and a deep sensitivity for modern culture. The combination of both made his work famous, and studying his work is fruitful also for a new generation."--Cornelis van der Kooi, Free University, Amsterdam"Despite all the important contributions that Dutch Calvinists have made to North American Protestantism, Herman Bavinck remains an obscure figure, lagging behind the influential Abraham Kuyper. With the translation and republication of Bavinck''s Reformed Dogmatics, this unfortunate situation should change for the better. These four volumes demonstrate the importance and mastery of Bavinck''s own contribution to Reformed theology, while providing a useful and striking point of comparison with the best-known twentieth-century Reformed dogmatics, that of Karl Barth. At a time when the scholastic natu
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.
- Editor's Introduction<br>part I:	the Spirit Gives New Life To Believers<br>1. Calling And Regeneration<br>the Call Of God<br>eternal Call<br>universal Proclamation Of The Gospel<br>the Particular Call Of Grace<br>rebirth In Other Religions<br>regeneration: Scriptural Teaching<br>the Doctrine Of Regeneration In Church History<br>modern Reinterpretations Of Regeneration<br>regeneration: Various Views<br>the Nature And Extent Of Regeneration<br>regeneration: An Attempt At Definition<br>immediate And Irresistible<br>the Remonstrant Objection<br>becoming Spiritual Persons<br>re-formation, Not Re-creation<br>2. Faith And Conversion<br>the Knowledge Of Faith<br>faith As A Universal Created Capacity<br>faith Knowledge In Scripture<br>rome And The Reformation On Faith<br>faith And Regeneration: Which Is Prior?<br>faith As Knowledge And Trust<br>faith And Renewal Of The Will (conversion)<br>repentance<br>conversion Of Believers?<br>the Reformation Understanding: Mortification And Vivification<br>varieties Of Conversion<br>fleeing Sin And Loving God<br>confession Of Sin<br>penance And Punishment<br>3. Justification<br>forgiveness Is Not Natural<br>forgiveness In Scripture<br>the Problem Of Nomism<br>the Reformation Renewal: Extrinsic, Forensic Justification<br>faith And Justification<br>objective And Subjective; Active And Passive<br>justification Is Forensic, Not Ethical<br>faith Is Necessary But No Ground<br>objections To Imputation<br>justification In Time Or Eternity?<br>active And Passive Justification<br>the Elements Of Justification<br>4. Sanctification And Perseverance<br>holiness As Gift And Reward<br>rigorism And A Double Morality<br>justification And Its Discontents<br>sanctification Is Also In Christ<br>passive And Active Sanctification<br>good Works<br>the Perfectionist Heresy<br>perseverance Of The Saints<br>part Ii:	the Spirit Creates New Community<br>5. The Church's Spiritual Essence<br>the Jewish Roots Of The Christian Church<br>the Church Is One<br>the Church Is Catholic<br>the Institutional, Teaching Church<br>the Church As "communion Of Saints"<br>the Reformed Doctrine Of The Church<br>reformation Tangents<br>the Church As The "people Of God"<br>church Distinctives<br>the Marks Of The Church<br>objections To Reformed Marks<br>the Real Church In History<br>the Attributes Of The Church<br>6. The Church's Spiritual Government<br>the Church As Organism And Institution<br>church Government In Scripture<br>the Apostolic Office: Peter<br>after The Apostles: Elders, Bishops, Deacons<br>from Presbyterian To Episcopal<br>from Episcopal To Papal<br>the Debate About Petrine Primacy<br>the Reformation Rejection Of Hierarchy<br>post-reformation Developments<br>christ Is King Of The Church<br>church Office As Service<br>ordination<br>how Many Offices?<br>7. The Church's Spiritual Power<br>religious And Civil Power In Israel<br>new Ecclesial Power<br>the Development Of Episcopal Power<br>degeneration Of Papal Power: Infallibility<br>power Restored To Word And Sacrament<br>church Power And Political Power<br>confusion Of Powers<br>spiritual Teaching Power<br>spiritual Ruling Power; Discipline<br>the Power Of Mercy<br>church Assemblies<br>the Church's Unique Spiritual Power<br>8. The Spirit's Means Of Grace: Proclamation<br>beyond Mysticism And Sacramentalism<br>ordinary And Extraordinary: Avoiding One-sidedness<br>the Word As Law, Gospel, And Power<br>maintaining The Unity Of The Covenant Of Grace<br>the Spirit, The Word, And Power<br>9. The Spirit's Means Of Grace: The Sacraments<br>defining The Sacraments<br>sacramental Doctrine<br>signs And Seals<br>the "matter" Of Sacraments<br>objectivity Of The Sacraments<br>how Many Sacraments?<br>10. The Spirit's Means Of Grace: Baptism<br>the Broader Religious Context Of Baptism<br>water Baptism And Spirit Baptism<br>"in The Name Of Jesus"<br>the Rite Of Baptism<br>the Reformation And Baptism<br>the Manner Of Baptism<br>the Benefits Of Baptism<br>infant Baptism<br>the Validity Of Infant Baptism<br>the Administration Of Baptism<br>11. The Spirit's Means Of Grace: The Lord's Supper<br>a Shared Sacrificial Meal<br>instituted By Christ?<br>the Lord's Supper In Church History<br>the Reformation Debates<br>the Lord's Supper As Meal<br>table Or Altar?<br>memorial Or Sign Of Union With Christ?<br>transubstantiation: The Mass<br>the Reformed Doctrine Of The Lord's Supper<br>for Believers Only<br>part Iii: The Spirit Makes All Things New<br>a. The Intermediate State<br>12. The Question Of Immortality <br>philosophy<br>history And Reason<br>the Old Testament<br>intertestamental Judaism<br>the New Testament<br>13. After Death, Then What?<br>the Move Toward Purgatory<br>reformation And Deformation<br>the Need For Scriptural Reserve<br>soul Sleep?<br>intermediate Corporeality?<br>contact With The Living?<br>14. Between Death And Resurrection<br>a Second Opportunity?<br>purification?<br>the End Of Our Pilgrimage<br>intercession For The Dead?<br>communion With The Church Triumphant<br>b. The Return Of Christ<br>15. Visions Of The End<br>a Religious Perspective On The End<br>the Uniqueness Of Old Testament Eschatology<br>the Rise Of Chiliasm<br>a Scriptural Reply To Chiliasm<br>16. Israel, The Millennium, And Christ's Return<br>difficult Passages On Israel And The Church<br>"all Israel" In Romans 11<br>an Interim Millennial Age?<br>john's Apocalypse<br>the Millennium In Revelation 20<br>the Return Of Christ<br>the Timing Of Christ's Return<br>the Manner Of Christ's Return<br>c. The Consummation<br>17. The Day Of The Lord<br>the Resurrection Of The Body<br>the Judgment<br>the Place Of Punishment<br>alternatives To Eternal Punishment<br>the Answer Of Scripture<br>18. The Renewal Of Creation<br>the Transformation Of Creation<br>the Blessings Of The Redeemed<br>the Wideness Of God's Mercy<br>service In The Eternal Sabbath<br>bibliography<br>indexes