Thursday, October 11, 2007

Herman Bavinck online resource

'Religion, the fear of God, must therefore be the element which inspires and animates all theological investigation. That must be the pulsebeat of the science. A theologian is a person who makes bold to speak about God because he speaks out of God and through God. To profess theology is to do a holy work. It is a priestly ministration in the temple of the Lord. It is itself a service of worship, a consecration of mind and heart in honour of his name.' (From Bavinck's Inaugural Address as Professor of Systematic Theology in the Free University of Amsterdam).
I have heard so many good things about Bavinck's multi-volume Reformed Dogmatics, which is now being made available in English translation. I will have to invest in the set sometime soon. See here for an excellent website devoted to the Dutch theologian and here for an interview with Dr. Ron Gleason, the site's author.


Martin Downes said...


Invest away, it will be worth every penny (says he who paid nothing for his three volume set that came all the way from Westminster, Philly).

Guy Davies said...

Freebie Bavinck! What's the secret, Martin?

I may have to wait a bit anyway, as I have quite a few hefty tomes on my "To Read" shelf at the moment.

Martin Downes said...

I spent five years as team leader of UCCF Wales!

Not quite a freebie

Guy Davies said...

I occasionally used to go to RTSF meetings when at LTS almost 20 years ago. D'you thnk that might count?

Vaughan Smith said...

I've got volume 1, and plan on working my way through it after I finish the Institutes. The man has a good look :)

Martin Downes said...

A little. Maybe enough to earn an article on Bavinck.