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Reformed Dogmatics (4 Volume Set)

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"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" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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"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, Fuller Theological Seminary

"Bavinck's Dutch masterwork was the Everest of which the textbooks by Louis Berkhof and Auguste Leoerf were foothills and Berkouwer's studies in dogmatics were outliers. Like Augustine, Calvin, and Edwards, Bavinck was a man of giant mind, vast learning, ageless wisdom, and great expository skill. Solid but lucid, demanding but satisfying, broad and deep and sharp and stabilizing, Bavinck's magisterial Reformed Dogmatics remains after a century the supreme achievement of its kind."
--J. I. Packer, Regent College

"Kudos to Baker Academic, and the Dutch Reformed Translation Society, on the completion of a highly important project. . . . The key work of a central Dutch Reformed theologian is at last available in its entirety to the English-speaking world."
--Michael Potemra, National Review

"The translation of Bavinck's work into English is a welcome addition to 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 of the work in these four volumes. The theological community owes a debt of gratitude to the Dutch Reformed Translation Society for its excellent work in bringing this project to completion."
--Glenn R. Kreider, Bibliotheca Sacra --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 3024 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801035767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801035760
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 4.5 x 15.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This magnificent and towering work was first published from 1895-1899, and Gereformeerde Dogmatiek has inspired many of the most important Reformed theologians and apologists of the 20th and 21th centuries. It now comes in a four volume set, from Baker in partnership with the Dutch Reformed Translation Society, and contains GD in English for the first time in its totality. Masterful, outstanding, and comprehensive.

Apologist Cornelius Van Til admitted his debt to the scholarship and insights of Bavinck; Van Til stated: "Bavinck shows us that if we are to have a truly broad foundation for the concept of Christian dogmatics, we must begin with a discussion of the general principles of knowledge. He points out that the absolutely self-conscious God is the source of all human knowledge. " Van Til: IST, Sigward 1949.

Greg Bahnsen demonstrates his esteem for Bavinck's work and quotes him in his article: For Whom Was God's Law Intended? Biblical Worldview 4:12 (December, 1988).

"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, Westminster Theological Seminary).

Herein is all four volumes of Herman Bavinck's complete Reformed Dogmatics. WSB: "This masterwork will appeal not only to scholars, students, pastors, and laity interested in Reformed theology but also to research and theological libraries.
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Reformed Dogmatics by Bavinck is an extremely desirable resource for individuals who want a practical, thorough, and systematic treatment of Reformed theology. He writes from a thoroughly Christo-centric paradigm, illuminating the redeeming character of the triune God. God to Bavinck is a God who condescends towards us and provides a means for us to receive forgiveness and redemption. Given the richness of Reformed Dogmatics, it would be helpful for the reader to have a least a prior basic understanding of topics found with in systematic theology before engaging this set. In other words, this set is not the best introduction to systematic theology. But coupled with something on a more introductory level such as Grudem's Systematic Theology or Berkhof's Systematic Theology, one would greatly benefit from Reformed Dogmatics.
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I have heard many people recommend Bavinck's Reformed Dogmatics for pastors and those in ministry. But as a layperson, some of my friends suggested I read more "practical" books. Yet I have found this rich theological work to be incredibly practical for my life. The wonderful reason for this is that it is difficult to read Reformed Dogmatics and keep your faith in a compartmentalized, comfortable fashion. Bavinck, by writing in a way that glorifies and reveres the Lord, implicitly but very effectively challenges you to do the same.

If you are looking for weightier or more profound endorsements, then find the book at Westminster Theological Seminary's online bookstore and see the endorsements listed there. I cannot recommend this work too highly.
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Over the past couple months I have slowly worked my way through the four volume Reformed Dogmatics of Herman Bavinck. While I have yet to finish the fourth volume of this massive work I can safely say that this is one of the finest works on Christian Theology I have ever read. I would recommend that any who have an interest in knowing their faith in a deeper way take it upon themselves to work through these volumes. Those who take the time to study these volumes will be richly rewarded with a deeper knowledge of the great God we serve.

For those who are not familiar with Herman Bavinck, he is a Dutch Reformed theologian who lived from the mid 19th-century to the early 20th-century who was a Professor of Systematic Theology at the Free University of Amsterdam (VU) in the Netherlands. Bavinck was friends with Abraham Kuyper who invited Bavinck to the VU to teach theology. Bavinck has had a wide influence upon the Reformed church in the Netherlands with his dogmatics being published early in the 20th-century. Until a couple years ago, the Reformed Dogmatics was available in its totality only in Dutch. Now, thanks to Baker Academic, the whole work is now available in English having been translated by the late John Vriend and edited by John Bolt of Calvin Theological Seminary.

The fourth volume was published in 2008 making the whole set available to the English-speaking world. There are a number of reasons that Bavinck's work is so valuable to students of theology. The first reason is that Bavinck's work is eminently Scriptural. Bavinck recognizes the need for theology to be based upon the Word of God and while Bavinck is philosophically rigorous he achieves a careful balance between speculative theology and not going beyond what the Scriptures teach on any particular subject.
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