Background[ edit ] Bavinck was born in the town of Hoogeveen in the Netherlands to a German father, Jan Bavinck who was the minister of theologically conservative, ecclesiastically separatist Christian Reformed Church Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerk. After his high school education, Bavinck first went to the Theological School in Kampen in , but then moved on to Leiden for further training after one year in Kampen. He wrote in his student journal notes that the reason made him to transfer his studies was because he was motived by the preaching of the pastor Johannes Hendricus Donner , who was also ministering in Leiden by that time. He studied under prominent faculties such as Johannes Scholten and Abraham Kuenen , and finally graduated in from the University of Leiden having completed a dissertation on the ethics of Ulrich Zwingli.

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This masterwork will appeal not only to scholars, students, pastors, and laity interested in Reformed theology but also to research and theological libraries. The late John Vriend translated many classic theological works. Bloesch, emeritus professor of theology, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary "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. It is a splendid gift to theological studies and will contribute to redressing the neglect of this faithful servant of Christ and his church.

Spencer, Wheaton College "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! 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. 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. Bavinck is one of the premier Reformed theologians, but till now much of his magnum opus has not been accessible to English-language readers.

It is by far the most profound and comprehensive Reformed systematic theology of the twentieth century. Bavinck is confessionally orthodox, but he recognizes the need to rethink the traditional formulations from Scripture in the context of contemporary discussion.

I cannot express how delighted I was to read volume one for the first time in my own language! I hope it will have a large readership and will bring forth much theological and spiritual fruit. 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 and to know that more is coming! Logan Jr. 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 fruitful also for a new generation. Readers will discover more than Bavinck the theologian in these volumes; they will learn about the God whom he worshiped and served.

Like Augustine, Calvin, and Edwards, Bavinck was a man of giant mind, vast learning, ageless wisdom and great expository skill, and to have his first volume now in full English, with a promise of the other three to come, is a wonderful enrichment.

Packer, professor of theology, Regent College "Arguably the most important systematic theology ever produced in the Reformed tradition. I have found it to be the most valuable.

The appearance of this volume, with the remaining three planned to follow in the near future, 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.

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