Orthodox in his theology, pietistic in his spirituality, Bavinck was known for his wide learning, as well as for being open to new insights from modern science. He is one of the most admired Reformed thinkers since Calvin, and succeeded Abraham Kuyper as professor of systematic theology at the Free University in Amsterdam in 1902. 512 pages, softcover. P&R.
The first full biography exploring the life and theology of the great Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck, a man whose "vigorous and winsome integrated Calvinism," says Roger Nicole, continues to influence scholars and pastors today.
Dr. Ron Gleason is the pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Yorba Linda, California. He holds a Drs from the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands and a PhD from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is the Stated Clerk of South Coast Presbytery of the PCA and president of the California chapter of Exodus.org.
"Just over a century ago, B.B. Warfield observed that in [Herman Bavincks writings] extensive learning, sound thinking, and profound religious feeling are smelted intimately together into a product of singular charm. With the recent translation of Bavincks four-volume Reformed Dogmatics, contemporary English-speaking audiences have newfound access to this noteworthy Reformed theologian. But who is Herman Bavinck? What lessons may Christians today learn from his life, thought, and ministry? I am grateful to Ron Gleason for lifting Bavinck from biographical obscurity and presenting a living and multidimensional portrait of this remarkable man. Gleasons account is both thoroughly researched and engagingly narrated; theologically stimulating and pastorally insightful. It merits a place in the front ranks of modern Reformed biography."
Few have been so consistently enthusiastic about Herman Bavinck than my dear friend, Ron Gleason. Having engaged in post-graduate studies in the Netherlands, Gleason has an inside-track to the Dutchmans importance for our times. With a newly translated edition of the Reformed Dogmatics an up-to-date biography has been eagerly awaited. And this volume does not disappoint. Gleasons contribution in these pages is nothing short of astounding. This is more than a biography; it is a theological and cultural analysis that aids us in grasping the significant contours of past century. A magnificent achievement!
"Finally, here is an informative, gripping biography of the great Dutch theological professor, Herman Bavinck. Ron Gleason's long-awaited work on Bavinck fills a large void in Reformed literature. Published only a few years after the completion of the English translation of Bavinck's Reformed Dogmatics (4 vols.), this biography puts a face and a personality on a great theologian's work. Gleason's description of Bavinck's decades-long relationship with Abraham Kuyper alone is worth the price of the book. For those interested in the development of Dutch Reformed history and theology, this book is a must."
This is a superb, even definitive biography, introducing the reader to one of the greatest thinkers in the life of the Church.
With his magisterial Reformed Dogmatics now available in English, especially those who have a growing appreciation of Bavinck as a theologian will benefit greatly from this warmly written, thorough and knowledgeable portrait of his person. This, the first full biography of Bavinck in English, is most welcome. I commend it highly.
Drawn from many years, including studies and pastoral ministry in the Netherlands, this biography fills a gaping hole. It is surprising that weve waited so long for a thorough and well-written account of the life and work of such a towering Reformed theologian, but it was well worth the wait! You dont even have to be a Bavinck fan to enjoy this read, but it will probably make you one. More than that, it points us all to the God who blessed us through this servant.
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