“We must not close without emphasizing the delight we take in Dr. Bavinck’s writings. In them extensive learning, sound thinking, and profound religious feeling are smelted intimately together into a product of singular charm. . . . And the lectures and brochures he from time to time presents an eager public are worthy of the best traditions of Reformed thought and Reformed eloquence.”
–Benjamin B. Warfield, The Princeton Theological Review (1903): 148.
Books by Bavinck (in English):
The Christian Family (1912), translated by Nelson Kloosterman in 2012.
Essays on Religion, Science, and Society (Baker Academic, 2008).
*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).
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).
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.
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).