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Reformed Dogmatics, Vol. 1: The Prolegomena



In this, prefatory volume to the Reformed Dogmatics, Herman Bavinck discusses the science, method, and organization of dogmatic theology. He gives deep insight into the differences that exist between the dogmatic theologies of Roman Catholics, Lutherans, and Reformists. Bavinck adeptly sets up the rest of his Reformed theology by defining his terms and his understanding of the nature of divine revelation and particularly God’s revelation in scripture.

This masterwork will appeal to scholars and students of theology, research and theological libraries, and pastors and laity who read serious works of Reformed theology.

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Interested in more? Be sure to check out Reformed Dogmatics (4 vols.).

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  • Discusses the science, method, and organization of dogmatic theology
  • Examines the differences between the dogmatic theologies of Roman Catholics, Lutherans, and Reformists
  • Presents Bavinck’s understanding of the nature of divine revelation
A welcome addition to the works of Bavinck in English. Of special interest is Bavinck's insightful critique of the role of apologetics in establishing certainty in faith.

Donald G. Bloesch, emeritus professor of theology, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary

What a wonderful gift to the English-speaking theological world! The topics explored by Bavinck are still of the utmost importance, and he addresses them here in a theological voice that is amazingly fresh. I pray that the appearance of this volume signals the beginnings of a Bavinck revival!

Richard J. Mouw, president, Fuller Theological Seminary

Finally Bavinck becomes available to the English-speaking world. The Dutch version has been a constant stimulus for students, pastors, and other interested Christians. It has shaped generations of theologians and helped them to preach, think, and act on a fresh, Reformed basis. The strength of Bavinck's Dogmatics is that it's neither conservative nor progressive, but its biblical character makes it constantly up-to-date. Baker and the Dutch Reformed Translation Society deserve praise for this project, from which without doubt church and theology will profit for years to come.

Herman Selderhuis, Theologische Universiteit Appeldoorn

Bavinck's Dutch masterwork was the Everest of which the textbooks by Louis Berkhof and Auguste Leoerf were foothills and Berkouwer's studies in dogmatics were outliers. Like Augustine, Calvin, and Edwards, Bavinck was a man of giant mind, vast learning, ageless wisdom, and great expository skill, and to have his first volume now in full English, with a promise of the other three to come, is a wonderful enrichment. Solid but lucid, demanding but satisfying, broad and deep and sharp and stabilizing, Bavinck's magisterial Reformed Dogmatics remains after a century the supreme achievement of its kind.

J. I. Packer, professor of theology, Regent College

Herman Bavinck was born in 1854 in the Netherlands. He studied at Kampen Theological Seminary and the University of Leiden, and graduated in 1880. Bavinck returned to Kampen in 1881 as the newly-appointed Professor of Dogmatics. In 1902, Bavinck moved to Amsterdam to teach at the Free University, and was also appointed to the parliament in the Netherlands.

Along with Abraham Kuyper, Bavinck figured prominently in the nineteenth century Dutch Calvinist revival and contributed to the resurgence of Reformed theology. He was a prolific writer, and published numerous books and articles. His most well-known publications include his 4-volume Reformed Dogmatics and The Philosophy of Revelation.


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