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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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.