Category Archives: Herman Bavinck

Christ as the first-fruits and first-born from the death of death: Reflecting Further Upon Sin and Its ‘Sensuous Origin’

As I continue to get into researching ‘sin’ I am doing so through reading, in part, stuff from Dutch theologian, Herman Bavinck. I am reading a section he has from his Dogmatics, Vol.3, called The Origin of Sin; how fitting. … Continue reading

Posted in Barth, Christology, Doctrine Of Sin, God's Holiness, Herman Bavinck, Incarnation, Salvation, Soteriology, T. F. Torrance | 1 Comment

The Origin of Sin, Pelagius, and Roman Catholicism with Reference to Herman Bavinck

I am just starting to work towards putting together a proposal for PhD research at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Free University of Amsterdam), where I hope to be accepted and work with a brilliant theologian there. At these early stages … Continue reading

Posted in Doctrine Of Sin, Herman Bavinck, Salvation, Sin, Soteriology | 4 Comments

Being more Faithful to the Gospel rather than to the Tradition or Period: Herman Bavinck and Karl Barth, Two Stand-outs

The ultimate goal for the Christian theologian is not to be faithful to the categories and trajectories available to them in the period that they inhabit (i.e. pre-critical, critical/modern, post-modern, etc.), but instead to be faithful to the Gospel of … Continue reading

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The Indomitable Human spirit. The Perversity of ‘Work’ and the ‘The American Dream’

I have been slowly reading through Herman Bavinck’s book The Philosophy of Revelation, and I am currently nearing its end. As I start to round the corner of the last that this wonderful book has to offer, Bavinck hits on … Continue reading

Posted in Ethics, Herman Bavinck | 12 Comments

“… it is not Scripture which is self-interpreting, but God who as Word interprets himself through the Spirit’s work.”

The perspicuity of Holy Scripture is something quite central to the Protestant Reformation, in principle. In other words, for the Protestant Reformers and reformed, the clarity of Scripture as to things having to do with who God is and what … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Interpretation, Biblical Studies, Doctrine Of Creation, Doctrine Of God, Doctrine of God, Doctrine of Scripture, Herman Bavinck, J. Todd Billings, John Webster | 4 Comments

Turning to Ourselves Instead of God: The Evangelicals and Herman Bavinck

Victoria Osteen’s recent faux pas (well some think it was a faux pas, I do) about God being happy when we are happy is a helpful illustrator of what I want to address in this mini-essay. For many North American … Continue reading

Posted in 'Liberal Theology', American Evangelicalism, Cultural Christianity, Herman Bavinck, J. Todd Billings | 4 Comments

Christianity from the Culturally Infused

There are so many perceptions of what Christianity represents, and folks out there, in the “world” often attempt to understand what Christianity is, as a religion, from whatever their personal encounters with it has been. In fact today, I had … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Cultural Christianity, Culture, Herman Bavinck | 2 Comments

Interpreting Scripture as Culminating in Christ, or Christ as the Center?: Bavinck against Barth and Torrance

This should be of some value for some as you continue to think through what distinguishes Evangelical Calvinism from its classical cousin, classical Calvinism (of the Westminster and even New-Calvinist variety). This distinguishing mark is fundamental to understanding how an … Continue reading

Posted in Evangelical Calvinism, Herman Bavinck, Hermeneutics, Karl Barth, T. F. Torrance | 4 Comments

A Quick Comparison: Karl Barth and Herman Bavinck on Natural Theology or a Theology of Nature

Karl Barth is famous for his rejection of natural theology, as he should be! A naked natural theology might be the kind wherein a person attempts to think God from a rationalist reflection upon the pressures and attributes present within … Continue reading

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Herman Bavinck’s 31 Flavors

Here is an interesting quote from Dutch Theologian Herman Bavinck on General & Special Revelation: All revelation–general and special–finally finds its fulfillment and meaning in Christ. God’s revelation in Scripture and in Christ provides the spectacles of faith that enable … Continue reading

Posted in Analogy of Being, Herman Bavinck, Historical Theology | 1 Comment