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Holy Spirit, Church and New Creation (#4 in Reformed Dogmatics Series)

Herman Bavinck

Holy Spirit, Church and New Creation (#4 in Reformed Dogmatics Series)

Herman Bavinck

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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.

- Publisher "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

- Publisher "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

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About "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 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.

- Publisher

"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
- Publisher

"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
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Herman Bavinck

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.

Table Of Contents

  • Editor's Introduction
    part I: the Spirit Gives New Life To Believers
    1. Calling And Regeneration
    the Call Of God
    eternal Call
    universal Proclamation Of The Gospel
    the Particular Call Of Grace
    rebirth In Other Religions
    regeneration: Scriptural Teaching
    the Doctrine Of Regeneration In Church History
    modern Reinterpretations Of Regeneration
    regeneration: Various Views
    the Nature And Extent Of Regeneration
    regeneration: An Attempt At Definition
    immediate And Irresistible
    the Remonstrant Objection
    becoming Spiritual Persons
    re-formation, Not Re-creation
    2. Faith And Conversion
    the Knowledge Of Faith
    faith As A Universal Created Capacity
    faith Knowledge In Scripture
    rome And The Reformation On Faith
    faith And Regeneration: Which Is Prior?
    faith As Knowledge And Trust
    faith And Renewal Of The Will (conversion)
    repentance
    conversion Of Believers?
    the Reformation Understanding: Mortification And Vivification
    varieties Of Conversion
    fleeing Sin And Loving God
    confession Of Sin
    penance And Punishment
    3. Justification
    forgiveness Is Not Natural
    forgiveness In Scripture
    the Problem Of Nomism
    the Reformation Renewal: Extrinsic, Forensic Justification
    faith And Justification
    objective And Subjective; Active And Passive
    justification Is Forensic, Not Ethical
    faith Is Necessary But No Ground
    objections To Imputation
    justification In Time Or Eternity?
    active And Passive Justification
    the Elements Of Justification
    4. Sanctification And Perseverance
    holiness As Gift And Reward
    rigorism And A Double Morality
    justification And Its Discontents
    sanctification Is Also In Christ
    passive And Active Sanctification
    good Works
    the Perfectionist Heresy
    perseverance Of The Saints
    part Ii: the Spirit Creates New Community
    5. The Church's Spiritual Essence
    the Jewish Roots Of The Christian Church
    the Church Is One
    the Church Is Catholic
    the Institutional, Teaching Church
    the Church As "communion Of Saints"
    the Reformed Doctrine Of The Church
    reformation Tangents
    the Church As The "people Of God"
    church Distinctives
    the Marks Of The Church
    objections To Reformed Marks
    the Real Church In History
    the Attributes Of The Church
    6. The Church's Spiritual Government
    the Church As Organism And Institution
    church Government In Scripture
    the Apostolic Office: Peter
    after The Apostles: Elders, Bishops, Deacons
    from Presbyterian To Episcopal
    from Episcopal To Papal
    the Debate About Petrine Primacy
    the Reformation Rejection Of Hierarchy
    post-reformation Developments
    christ Is King Of The Church
    church Office As Service
    ordination
    how Many Offices?
    7. The Church's Spiritual Power
    religious And Civil Power In Israel
    new Ecclesial Power
    the Development Of Episcopal Power
    degeneration Of Papal Power: Infallibility
    power Restored To Word And Sacrament
    church Power And Political Power
    confusion Of Powers
    spiritual Teaching Power
    spiritual Ruling Power; Discipline
    the Power Of Mercy
    church Assemblies
    the Church's Unique Spiritual Power
    8. The Spirit's Means Of Grace: Proclamation
    beyond Mysticism And Sacramentalism
    ordinary And Extraordinary: Avoiding One-sidedness
    the Word As Law, Gospel, And Power
    maintaining The Unity Of The Covenant Of Grace
    the Spirit, The Word, And Power
    9. The Spirit's Means Of Grace: The Sacraments
    defining The Sacraments
    sacramental Doctrine
    signs And Seals
    the "matter" Of Sacraments
    objectivity Of The Sacraments
    how Many Sacraments?
    10. The Spirit's Means Of Grace: Baptism
    the Broader Religious Context Of Baptism
    water Baptism And Spirit Baptism
    "in The Name Of Jesus"
    the Rite Of Baptism
    the Reformation And Baptism
    the Manner Of Baptism
    the Benefits Of Baptism
    infant Baptism
    the Validity Of Infant Baptism
    the Administration Of Baptism
    11. The Spirit's Means Of Grace: The Lord's Supper
    a Shared Sacrificial Meal
    instituted By Christ?
    the Lord's Supper In Church History
    the Reformation Debates
    the Lord's Supper As Meal
    table Or Altar?
    memorial Or Sign Of Union With Christ?
    transubstantiation: The Mass
    the Reformed Doctrine Of The Lord's Supper
    for Believers Only
    part Iii: The Spirit Makes All Things New
    a. The Intermediate State
    12. The Question Of Immortality
    philosophy
    history And Reason
    the Old Testament
    intertestamental Judaism
    the New Testament
    13. After Death, Then What?
    the Move Toward Purgatory
    reformation And Deformation
    the Need For Scriptural Reserve
    soul Sleep?
    intermediate Corporeality?
    contact With The Living?
    14. Between Death And Resurrection
    a Second Opportunity?
    purification?
    the End Of Our Pilgrimage
    intercession For The Dead?
    communion With The Church Triumphant
    b. The Return Of Christ
    15. Visions Of The End
    a Religious Perspective On The End
    the Uniqueness Of Old Testament Eschatology
    the Rise Of Chiliasm
    a Scriptural Reply To Chiliasm
    16. Israel, The Millennium, And Christ's Return
    difficult Passages On Israel And The Church
    "all Israel" In Romans 11
    an Interim Millennial Age?
    john's Apocalypse
    the Millennium In Revelation 20
    the Return Of Christ
    the Timing Of Christ's Return
    the Manner Of Christ's Return
    c. The Consummation
    17. The Day Of The Lord
    the Resurrection Of The Body
    the Judgment
    the Place Of Punishment
    alternatives To Eternal Punishment
    the Answer Of Scripture
    18. The Renewal Of Creation
    the Transformation Of Creation
    the Blessings Of The Redeemed
    the Wideness Of God's Mercy
    service In The Eternal Sabbath
    bibliography
    indexes
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  • Catalogue Code 268674
  • Product Code 9780801026577
  • ISBN 0801026571
  • EAN 9780801026577
  • Pages 944
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category Systematic Theology
  • Publisher Baker Academic
  • Publication Date Jun 2008
  • Sales Rank #55824
  • Dimensions 234 x 158 x 111 mm
  • Weight 0.001kg

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