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Herman Bavinck: Pastor, Churchman, Statesman and Theologian (Gleason)

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Highlighting the breadth of Herman Bavinck's experience in theology and politics, Ronald N. Gleason offers the English-speaking world a vivid picture of the Dutch theologian's life. Gleason, a leading authority on Bavinck's life and ideas, brings to light Bavinck's rich family heritage and contends that his family background played a crucial role in the development of the man who wrote the magisterial Reformed Dogmatics.

This is a thought-provoking portrait of an influential man whose "vigorous and winsome integrated Calvinism," as Roger Nicole describes it in the Introduction, continues to influence scholars and pastors today.

Table of Contents:

  1. Generation to Generation: The Forming of a Theologian
  2. Bavinck’s Youth: A Diamond in the Rough
  3. The Separatist Enrolls at Leiden: The Decision Heard Throughout Holland
  4. Franeker: Bavinck’s Only Pastorate
  5. Professor in Kampen (1883-92): Phase 1
  6. One of Kuyper’s Confidants and Hanny’s Husband
  7. A Tear in a Laugh – Kampen (1892-96): Phase 2
  8. Bavinck and Kuyper: The Medic and the General
  9. A Dark Chapter in the Anti-Revolutionary Party’s History: The Seinpost Debacle
  10. The Last Years in Kampen (1896-1902): Phase 3
  11. The Synod of Groningen: 1899 and Its Aftermath
  12. Saying Good-bye to Kampen
  13. The First Years in Amsterdam (1902-14)
  14. First Years in Amsterdam (II)
  15. Bavinck the Politician
  16. On Broader Terrain: Did Bavinck Change Theologically later in Life?
  17. Preparing to be with the Lord

Appendix A: The ‘Afscheiding’

Appendix B: Jan Bavinck’s Exposition of Lord’s Day 1 of the Heidelberg Catechism: Comfort in Life and Death

Appendix C: Jan Bavinck’s Exposition of Lord’s Day 7: What Is True Faith?

Appendix D: ‘The Science of Holy Divinity’: Bavinck’s Inaugural Address

Appendix E: The Christian Life and Worldview

Appendix F: Modernism and Orthodoxy 



Dr. Ron Gleason is the pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Yorba Linda, CA. He holds a Drs. from the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands and a Ph.D. from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is the Stated Clerk of South Coast Presbytery of the PCA and president of the California chapter of



"This is a superb, even definitive biography, introducing the reader to one of the greatest thinkers in the life of the Church." — David F. Wells

"It is surprising that we've waited so long for a thorough and well-written account of the life and work of such a towering Reformed theologian, but it was well worth the wait!" — Michael Horton 

"Gleason's contribution in these pages is nothing short of astounding. This is more than a biography; it is a theological and cultural analysis that aids us in grasping the significant contours of the past century. A magnificent achievement." — Derek W. H. Thomas