Bavinck’s Books

“Dogmatics is and ought to be divine thought totally entered into and absorbed in our human consciousness, freely and independently expressed in our language, in its essence the fruit of centuries, in its form contemporary.” (RD, 1:83)

Books by Bavinck (in English):

The Christian Family (1912), translated by Nelson Kloosterman in 2012.

Saved by Grace: The Holy Spirit’s Work in Calling and Regeneration (RHB, 2008).

Essays on Religion, Science, and Society (Baker Academic, 2008).

*Reformed Dogmatics, Bavinck’s magnum opus in 4 volumes (Baker Academic, 2008). The set has also been electronically formatted by Logos Bible Software.

*Reformed Dogmatics. Volume 4 — Holy Spirit, Church, and New Creation (Baker Academic, 2008).

*Reformed Dogmatics. Volume 3 — Sin and Salvation in Christ (Baker Academic, 2006).

*Reformed Dogmatics. Volume 2 — God and Creation (Baker Academic, 2004).

*Reformed Dogmatics. Volume 1 — Prolegomena (Baker Academic, 2003).

*Reformed Dogmatics: Abridged in One Volume (Baker Academic, 2011). The original 4-volume work shrunken from 3,000 to 850 pages.

In the Beginning (1999).

The Last Things (1996).

Foundations of Psychology (1981).

The Certainty of Faith (1903, 1980). Translated into English by Harry der Nederlanden. Purchase the book here ($15) or download a free, though imperfect, version of the PDF here (0.5MB).

Biblical and Religious Psychology (1974).

*Our Reasonable Faith
(1956, 1977). An outstanding introduction to Bavinck’s theology.

The Doctrine of God (1951, 1977).

Christian Education, a summary by Brederveld (1928).

*The Philosophy of Revelation (1909, 1953, 1979). Read or download the 1909 version of this book for free here. Or through the Internet Archive here.

Calvin and Common Grace (1909). Originally published as a chapter in Calvin and the Reformation. Read or download the 1909 version of this book free here.

The Sacrifice of Praise (1908, 1922). Read the book online for free here.

Christelijke Wereldbeschouwing (The Christian Worldview). Dutch version only. See the Internet Archive for the 1904 or 1913 editions.

Books on Bavinck (in English):bavinck-xl

John Bolt, Herman Bavinck on the Christian Life: Following Jesus in Lawful Obedience (Crossway, August 2015). A 90,000-word synthesis of Bavinck on the Christian life. The book concludes with a fresh translation of “The World-Conquering Power of Faith” (1 John 5:4b), a sermon Bavinck delivered in Burgwalkerk, Kampen, on June 30, 1901.

Daniel Strange, Their Rock Is Not Like Our Rock: A Theology of Religions (Zondervan, January 2015). While not entirely devoted to Herman Bavinck, much of it is (and a fair bit to J.H. Bavinck). The book turns to Bavinck to resolve the question of why non-Christian religions flourish under God’s sovereignty.

Ron Gleason, Herman Bavinck: Pastor, Churchman, Statesman, and Theologian (P&R, 2010). A full-length biography.

Eric Bristley, Guide to the Writings of Herman Bavinck (RHB, 2008). See the corresponding website for more info and updates.

Richard Gaffin, God’s Word in Servant Form: Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck and the Doctrine of Scripture (2008).

Jan Veenhof, Nature and Grace in Herman Bavinck (2006).


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