Only in the last couple weeks have I been able to read some of the works of Herman Bavinck, and I have to admit, I am hooked already. The English translation of Bavinck’s 4-volume Reformed Dogmatics was completed last year, and so the English-speaking church is only now benefitting from Bavinck’s thoroughly-Reformed and massive work .
His magnum opus treats a full range of systematic categories and consists of stellar theological formulations that attend to biblical theology, detail historical theology, contend with modern philosophy and other aberrant doctrinal systems, and argue for a biblically saturated and God-glorifying Calvinistic doctrines. In its incredible length, each chapter begins with summary that can be used as a navigational compass in the vast expanses of his theological output.
In perusing his work, I have already benefitted; I look forward with expectation to learning more from this great theologian. For that reason, I say “Herman Bavinck is My Homeboy.” (For more online information on and resources from this Reformed Theologian see: hermanbavinck.org ).
Let me close with this sweeping quote:
God’s self-revelation to us does no come in bits and pieces: it is an organic whole, a grand narrative form creation to consummation. All nature and history testify to God the Creator; all things return to him. Fallen humanity sees this revelation only in part and with blinded eyes. A special revelation is needed that is provided in grace. In this revelation God makes himself known to us as the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This revelation is historical and progresses over the course of many centuries, reaching it [sic] culmination in Jesus Christ, the Mediator of creation and redemption. From this history we discover that revelation is not exhaustively addressed to human intellect. In Christ, god himself comes to us in saving power. At the same time we must not make the opposite error and deny that revelation communicates truth and doctrine. Revelatory word and deed belong together in God’s plan and acts of salvation (Found on page 324 in Reformed Dogmatics: Prolegomena, vol. 1).
Sola Deo Gloria, dss