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On the Way to the Living God: A Cathartic Reading of Herman Bavinck and an Invitation to Overcome the Plausibility Crisis of Christianity

by de Wit, Willem J.

VU University Press 2011

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Overview

Post-Christian Amsterdam is a place where life seems to be good without God, where Jesus is seen as a figure of a distant past, and where only a few people still go to church. However, it is also a context from which a deeply-reflected invitation springs to face and overcome the plausibility crisis of Christianity.

By telling the story of the Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck (1854–1921) and his struggle to remain standing as a Christian against the modern worldview of his day, this study offers interested readers all over the world a mirror in which to face their own struggle. Moreover, in a world explained without God and marked by evil, it extends the invitation to adopt a binocular worldview and to live with open eyes on the way to the living God—even if this implies dying with Christ.

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Key Features

  • Addresses the decline of Christianity
  • Includes six essays
  • Challenges readers to live godly lives

Contents

  • On the Way to the Living God in Post-Christian Amsterdam: A Sevenfold Invitation to Overcome the Crisis of the Church
    • Part One: Post-Christian Amsterdam
    • Part Two: A Sevenfold Invitation
  • "Will I Remain Standing?": A Cathartic Reading of Herman Bavinck (1)
    • Part One: Overcoming by Prayer and Faith
    • Part Two: Fighting with Reformed Weapons
  • Worldview against Worldview: A Cathartic Reading of Herman Bavinck (2)
    • Part One: Answering the Modern Worldview
    • Part Two: Difficulties of the Christian Worldview
  • Searching for Truth: On Theological Method
    • Part One: Searching for Truth
    • Part Two: Speaking the Truth
  • Toward a Binocular Worldview: Recognizing God in a World Explained without God
    • Part One: Seeing the World with Open Eyes
    • Part Two: Reading the Bible with Open Eyes
  • Going with Open Eyes: Conclusion and Perspectives

Product Details

  • Title: On the Way to the Living God: A Cathartic Reading of Herman Bavinck and an Invitation to Overcome the Plausibility Crisis of Christianity
  • Author: Willem J. de Wit
  • Publisher: VU University Press
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 208

About Willem J. de Wit

Willem J. de Wit is Lecturer of Biblical Studies and Systematic Theology at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt. Earlier he worked as a junior research fellow for the International Reformed Theological Institute at VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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