Herman Bavinck: Pastor, Churchman, Statesman, and Theologian

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Milkman | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Jan 22 2016 6:10 PM

This book, Herman Bavinck: Pastor, Churchman, Statesman, and Theologian may have been suggested before. If not then, I think this would be a great biographical resource on one of the premier Reformed theologians.

If this has been suggested before, BUMP.

The following is from a review...

In Ron Gleason's "Herman Bavinck: Pastor, Churchman, Statesman, and Theologian," the late Roger Nicole wrote in the Forward: "Bavinck has been for me an inspiration and a challenge. His grasp of theology in all its dimensions, his thoroughness and fairness in dealing with those with whom he did not agree, his soundness in accepting and reflecting the witness of Scripture, his architectural gift in perceiving each doctrine in its correlation with the Christian view as a whole; these are some of the excellencies that characterize his work throughout" (p. xiii; Gleason also dedicates this book to Nicole). And in this hefty (511 pages) and likeable volume the reader finds much to learn and admire regarding the grand Reformed theologian Herman Bavinck (HB).

Chapters include:

- A Short history of past generations of the Bavinck's family (pp. 1-27)
- Birth and youth of Bavinck (pp. 28-44)
- The Separatists Controversy (pp. 45-68)
- HB's pastorate (pp. 69-96)
- HB as Professor at Kampen (additional chapters discuss his professorship)
- HB as Kuyper's Confidant (other chapters also cover HB and Kuyper's [AK] relationship)
- His years at Amsterdam
- HB the politician
- Did HB change his theology later in life?
- HB and the truth of the Christian Worldview (pp. 475-484)
- How studying at a liberal University helped equip Bavinck to contest theological liberalism
- Much of this volume is influenced by Dutch biographies of Bavinck
- And much more.

Here is a A Short Sketch of a Reformed Theologian, Pastor, Churchman, & Statesman taken from Why You Should Read Bavinck


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