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The Christian Family


Christian’s Library Press 2012

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A century ago when this book was first published, marriage and the family were already weathering enormous changes, and that trend has not abated. Yet by God’s power, the unchanging essence of marriage and the family remains proof, as Herman Bavinck notes, that God’s “purpose with the human race has not yet been achieved.”

Neither a 10-step guide nor a one-sided approach, The Christian Family embodies a Christian theology of marriage and the family. Accessible, thoroughly biblical, and astonishingly relevant, it offers a mature and concise handling of the origins of marriage and family life and the effects of sin on these institutions, an appraisal of historic Christian approaches, and an attempt to apply that theology.

Aptly reminding Christians that “the moral health of society depends on the health of family life,” Bavinck issues an evergreen challenge to God’s people: “Christians may not permit their conduct to be determined by the spirit of the age, but must focus on the requirement of God’s commandment.”

In the Logos edition, all Scripture passages in The Christian Family are tagged, appear on mouseover, and link to your favorite Bible translation in your library. With Logos’ advanced features, you can perform powerful searches by topic or Scripture reference—finding, for example, every mention of “God’s image” or “Genesis 1:27.”

Key Features

  • Discusses the Christian theology of marriage and the family
  • Includes a brief biographical sketch of Herman Bavinck
  • Provides practical guidance


  • The Origin of the Family
  • The Disruption of the Family
  • The Family among the Nations
  • The Family in Israel
  • The Family in the New Testament
  • Dangers Confronting the Family
  • Marriage and Family
  • Family and Nurture
  • Family and Society
  • The Future of the Family

Praise for the Print Edition

Those who know and love Herman Bavinck as the magisterial theologian and author of the Reformed Dogmatics will enjoy the change of pace in this biblically rich and historically aware theology of marriage and family. While they might not share all of Bavinck’s applications, contemporary readers will be rewarded by a sympathetic reading. They will be challenged on precisely the issues that threaten the family today because Bavinck applied biblical wisdom to his own prescient reading of trends in Western culture and society. They will also be encouraged because Bavinck so obviously loved the family and celebrated it in hope. A great read for those who are married or contemplating marriage and family.

John Bolt, professor of systematic theology, Calvin Theological Seminary

Product Details

  • Title: The Christian Family
  • Author: Herman Bavinck
  • Editor: Stephen J. Grabill
  • Translator: Nelson D. Kloosterman
  • Publisher: Christian’s Library Press
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 168

About Herman Bavinck

Herman Bavinck (1854–1921) was a prolific writer who contributed to the resurgence of Reformed theology. Bavinck studied at Kampen Theological Seminary and the University of Leiden and graduated in 1880. He taught at both Kampen Theological Seminary and Free University. His best-known publications include his four-volume Reformed Dogmatics, Essays on Religion, Science, and Society, and The Philosophy of Revelation.

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