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Reformed Dogmatics - Abridged in One Volume (Bavinck)

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Herman Bavinck's four-volume Reformed Dogmatics is one of the most important theological works of the twentieth century. The recently completed English translation has received wide acclaim. Now John Bolt, one of the world's leading experts on Bavinck and editor of Bavinck's four-volume set, has abridged the work in one volume, offering students, pastors, and lay readers an accessible summary of Bavinck's masterwork. This volume presents the core of Bavinck's thought and offers explanatory material, making available to a wider audience some of the finest Dutch Reformed theology ever written.


Table of Contents:

Part I: Prolegomena: Introduction to Dogmatic Theology

1. Dogmatic Theology as a Science

2. The History and Literature of Dogmatic Theology

3. Foundations of Dogmatic Theology

4. Revelation

5. Holy Scripture

6. Faith

Part II: The Triune God and Creation

7. Knowing God

8. The Living, Acting God

9. The Triune God and His Counsel

10. Creator of Heaven and Earth

Part III: Humanity and Sin

11. The Image of God

12. The Fallen World

13. Sin and Its Consequences

Part IV: Christ the Redeemer

14. The Only-Begotten Son of the Father

15. The Servant Savior: Christ's Humiliation

16. The Exalted Lord Christ

Part V: The Holy Spirit and Salvation in Christ

17. The Order of Salvation

18. Calling and Regeneration

19. Faith and Conversion

20. Justification, Sanctification, and Perseverance

Part VI: The Spirit Creates a New Community

21. The Church as a Spiritual Reality

22. The Spirit's Means of Grace

Part VII: The Spirit Makes All Things New

23. The Intermediate State

24. The Return of Christ

25. The Consummation




Herman Bavinck (1854–1921) succeeded Abraham Kuyper as professor of systematic theology at the Free University in Amsterdam in 1902. His Reformed Dogmatics is a standard text for modern Reformed theology.



"After bringing Bavinck's magisterial Reformed Dogmatics to an English-speaking audience, John Bolt has crowned the effort with this abridgment that will surely make the work accessible to a wider audience. This volume is a gift and a treasure."--Michael Horton, Westminster Seminary California