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