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Herman Bavinck: His Life and Theology

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(This article was originally written by my seminary professor, Dr. Cornelis P. Venema, for the Orthodox Presbyterian Church's denominational magazine, New Horizon. See the full issue of the magazine here: http://www.opc.org/nh.html?issue_id=151)


Earlier this year [2008], the fourth and final volume of Herman Bavinck's great Reformed Dogmatics was published in English.[1] At last, this model of Reformed theological scholarship is available in English to students of Reformed theology. This year also marks the one hundredth anniversary of Bavinck's Stone Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary. The time is ripe, therefore, to get (re)acquainted with Bavinck.
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BAVINCK'S EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION

Herman Bavinck was born in Hoogeveen, the Netherlands, on December 13, 1854. His father, Rev. Jan Bavinck, was a respected pastor in the Christian Reformed Church. This denomination was originally formed in 1834 as the result of a 'Secession' (Dutch: Afscheiding) from th…