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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

"Like Augustine, Calvin, and Edwards, Bavinck was a man of giant mind, vast learning, ageless wisdom, and great expository skill, and to have these volumes now in full English is a wonderful enrichment. 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

"Those interested in Reformed theology will welcome with open arms Reformed Dogmatics. 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

"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

"Pastors and theologians will welcome the historic first complete translation of Herman Bavinck's Reformed Dogmatics. . . . This masterful theological work is now available to passionate students of theology."
--R. Albert Mohler Jr., Preaching

About the Author

Herman Bavinck (1854-1921) succeeded Abraham Kuyper as professor of systematic theology at the Free University in Amsterdam in 1902. John Bolt is professor of systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary. The late John Vriend translated many classic theological works.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801026555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801026553
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Willem J. de Wit on February 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the classics of reformed theology. Bavinck provides rich overviews and profound views on the topics under discussion. If you are not always satisfied, be sure that Bavinck was neither by the end of his life. However, reading this volume will prevent you from offering cheap solutions to difficult questions. (Reformed) theologians can only gain from a critical (re)engagement with Bavinck.

This volume is well translated and well edited. Having made several comparisons with the Dutch original (Dutch being my mother tongue), I recommend this volume without hesitation to all those readers who are not proficient in Dutch. To be sure, I have noticed a few flaws, but they do not make the translation unreliable. Moreover, Dutch readers will appreciate this volume since Bavincks Latin quotations have been translated into English as well, each chapter is introduced with a summary and the bibliography contains full references instead of Bavinck's sometimes cryptic abbreviations.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brett D. McLaughlin on October 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Bavinck is an author of which most won't have heard, certainly not like many have heard of Calvin or Luther or Edwards. But in Reformed thought, it would be impossible to not drop Bavinck's name when theology comes up. He's every bit as important in the reformed line of thinking as Calvin and Luther, and should be read along with Hodge and Berkhof.

His systematic theology is a masterwork, and is one of the more well-documented theologies you'll find. There are thousands of Scripture references, and even the most obscure approaches to (in this volume) creation are examined. There is not a paragraph on supra- and infra-lapsarianism; there's a page or two on each. Bavinck systematically (pun intended) takes on providence, God's nature, character, and attributes, predestination, election, retribution, and man himself.

This is a wonderful translation, as well. It reads well and you forget that you're reading a work originally written in Dutch. Perhaps most welcome to the entire volume (and it's large, clocking in at around 500 pages) is the occasional moments where Bavinck sets aside formal defense and simply speaks his heart. These paragraphs are passionate and resplendent with truth and a love for God. I always found myself ready to renew my own war against the sin living in my flesh, encouraged and challenged by Bavinck's love for God borne out of right theology. (
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bradley L Kautz on April 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is the second volume of Herman Bavinck's four-part systematic theology. While the sub-title of this volume is God and Creation, the writing contained within these pages is divided in six parts; Part 1: Knowing God (The Incomprehensibility of God; The Knowledge of God); Part 2: The Living, Acting God (The Names of God; God's Incommunicable Attributes; God's Communicable Attributes; The Holy Trinity); Part 3: God's Will on Earth as it is in Heaven (The Divine Counsel, Creation); Part 4: Maker Of Heaven And Earth (Heaven: The Spiritual World; Earth: The Material World); Part 5: The Image Of God (Human Origins, Human Nature, Human Destiny); and Part 6: God's Fatherly Care (Providence).

Bavinck is a master of Reformed theology. He is extremely well-read in Christian theology, from the time of the church fathers through his own day, the late 19th century. He is also thoroughly familiar with writing in philosophy, from the ancient Greeks through the philosophers of his age. His depth of knowledge with such a wide breadth of work allows him to dig deeply into each of his topic areas, pointing out strengths and weaknesses of various arguments, before arriving at a place of understanding that is grounded in the Reformed tradition.

Bavinck is thoroughly biblical as he works thorough a topic. He acknowledges strengths of the positions of others, and also gently probes their weaknesses. One of the strengths of his writing, besides its depth and breadth, is that he is consistently irenic.
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