Herman Bavinck (1854-1921)


A Dutch pastor and theologian contributing to the revival of Reformed theology in the Dutch Reformed Church. After pastoring two years in Franeker, Bavinvk taught systematic theology at the Theological Seminary in Kampen and later the Free University of Amsterdam, where he succeeded Abraham Kuyper. His four-volume Reformed Dogmatics was his most influential publication. The work upholds the primacy of Scripture while critically and sympathetically engaging with philosophical and social issues. Despite his disagreements with Kuyper, Bavinck shared Kuyper’s passion for a world-encompassing Christianity and the relevance of theology to all of life.


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