Reformed Dogmatics

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  • Copyright: 6/1/2011
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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 materials, making available to a wider audience some of the finest Dutch Reformed theology ever written.Praise for Reformed Dogmatics"Bavinck's magisterial Reformed Dogmatics remains after a century the supreme achievement of its kind."--J. I. Packer, Regent College

Author Biography

Herman Bavinck (1854-1921) succeeded Abraham Kuyper as professor of systematic theology at the Free University of Amsterdam in 1902. John Bolt (PhD, University of St. Michael's College) is professor of systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he has taught for over twenty years.

Table of Contents

Editor's Prefacep. xi
Abbreviationsp. xv
Prolegomena: Introduction to Dogmatic Theology
Dogmatic Theology as a Sciencep. 3
Terminologyp. 3
Theology as the Science of Godp. 8
The Problem of Certainty: Church and Scripturep. 14
Faith and Method: The Organization of Theologyp. 20
The History and Literature of Dogmatic Theologyp. 29
The Formation of Dogmap. 29
Dogma in the Early Churchp. 30
From Constantine to Augustine to the Middle Agesp. 35
Roman Catholic Dogmatic Theologyp. 40
Lutheran Dogmaticsp. 42
Reformed Dogmaticsp. 44
Foundations of Dogmatic Theologyp. 49
Science and Thought (Principia)p. 49
Realism and Universals (Logos)p. 51
Religious Foundationsp. 53
Revelationp. 62
The Idea of Revelationp. 62
General Revelationp. 68
Special, Scriptural Revelationp. 73
˘Natural÷ and ˘Supernatural÷p. 81
Miracles, Language, and Historyp. 85
Holy Scripturep. 90
God's Inspired Word to His Peoplep. 90
Scripture's Self-Testimony: Organic Inspirationp. 101
Faithp. 111
Faith and Theological Methodp. 111
Faith, Intellect, and Theology: Historical-Apologetic Methodp. 113
Faith, Feeling, and Theology: Religious-Empirical Methodp. 117
Faith, Morality, and Theology: Ethical-Psychological Methodp. 120
Faith and Its Groundp. 126
The Testimony of the Holy Spiritp. 131
Faith and Theologyp. 137
The Triune God and Creation
Knowing Godp. 147
Divine Mystery and Incomprehensibilityp. 147
The Problem of Atheismp. 155
Natural Theologyp. 159
˘Proofs÷ for God's Existencep. 163
Naming God: Accommodation and Anthropomorphismp. 167
The Living, Acting Godp. 173
The Names of Godp. 173
Divine Simplicity; Essence and Attributesp. 175
God's Proper Namesp. 180
God's Incommunicable Attributesp. 186
God's Communicable Attributesp. 195
The Triune God and His Counselp. 217
The Holy Trinity in Scripturep. 217
The Construction of Trinitarian Dogmap. 224
The Opposition: Arianism and Sabellianismp. 227
Trinitarian Languagep. 230
Distinctions Among the Three Personsp. 234
The Trinitarian Economy, Analogies, and Argumentsp. 239
The Counsel of the Triune Godp. 245
The Pelagian Challengep. 248
Providence and the Objections to Predestinationp. 254
Predestination and Reprobationp. 256
Creator of Heaven and Earthp. 263
Creation and Its Religious Rivalsp. 263
Creatio ex nihilo by the Triune Godp. 267
Creation's Time and Goal: A Christian Worldviewp. 271
Heaven: The Spiritual Worldp. 275
The Angels in Scripturep. 277
The Ministry of Angelsp. 281
Earth: The Material Worldp. 285
The Creation ˘Week÷ and Sciencep. 286
The Bible and Geologyp. 291
From Creation to Preservation: Providencep. 297
Preservation, Concurrence, Governmentp. 301
Humanity and Sin
The Image of Godp. 311
Human Originsp. 311
Human Naturep. 317
Human Destinyp. 328
The Covenant of Worksp. 329
Other Views of Human Destinyp. 332
Human Origins in Unity: Destiny in Communityp. 334
The Fallen Worldp. 340
The Origin of Sinp. 340
The Universal Spread of Sinp. 352
Realism and Federalismp. 360
Sin and Its Consequencesp. 369
The Religious Character of Sinp. 369
Essentials of Sinp. 373
Varieties and Degrees of Sinp. 376
The Punishment of Sinp. 380
Suffering and Deathp. 386
Christ the Redeemer
The Only Begotten Son of the Fatherp. 393
The Covenant of Gracep. 393
The Covenant of Redemption, of Nature, and Electionp. 397
The Person of Christ the Mediatorp. 403
The Two Natures of Christp. 408
The Centrality of the Incarnationp. 412
Christ's Humanity and Divinityp. 415
The Servant Savior: Christ's Humiliationp. 423
Religion, Culture, Redemption, and Sacrificep. 423
Jesus The Mediatorp. 432
Christ's Obedient Death for Usp. 438
The Exalted Lord Christp. 449
Through Death and Humiliation to Life and Exaltationp. 449
The Steps of Christ's Exaltation: Resurrection, Ascension, Session, and Returnp. 454
Reconciliation (Atonement)p. 458
The Holy Spirit and salvation in Christ
The Order of Salvationp. 473
The Way of Salvationp. 473
Augustine and the Pelagian Threat; the Reformationp. 478
The Modem Turn to the Subjectp. 486
The Trinitarian Way of Salvation and Truthp. 495
Calling and Regenerationp. 504
The Call of Godp. 504
Rebirthp. 507
The Nature and Extent of Regenerationp. 514
Faith and Conversionp. 523
The Knowledge of Faithp. 523
Regeneration, Faith, and Knowledgep. 531
Conversion and Repentancep. 536
Mortification and Vivificationp. 543
Confession of Sin, Penance, and Punishmentp. 547
Justification, Sanctification, and Perseverancep. 553
Forgivenessp. 553
Justification Is Forensic and Imputedp. 563
Sanctification: Holiness as Gift and Rewardp. 570
Sanctification and the Critique of Justificationp. 575
Good Works, Perfectionism, and Perseverancep. 580
The Spirit Creates a New community
The Church as a Spiritual Realityp. 589
The Church's Spiritual Essencep. 589
Unity and Catholicityp. 592
Reformation Tangents; the People of Godp. 595
The Marks of the Churchp. 601
The Attributes of the Churchp. 605
The Church as Organism and Institutionp. 607
Christ Is King of the Churchp. 617
The Church's Spiritual Powerp. 623
The Offices and Assemblies of the Churchp. 631
The Spirit's Means of Gracep. 643
The Means of Gracep. 643
Proclamation of the Wordp. 645
The Spirit, the Word, and Powerp. 649
The Sacramentsp. 651
Baptismp. 662
THe Mode and Manner of Baptism; Infant Baptismp. 667
The Lord's Supperp. 676
The Purpose of the Supperp. 684
The Spirit Makes All Things New
The Intermediate Statep. 693
The Question of Immortalityp. 693
After Death, Then What?p. 702
Between Death and Resurrectionp. 712
The Return of Christp. 720
Visions of the Endp. 720
Chiliasmp. 726
Israel, the Millennium, and Christ's Returnp. 732
The Consummationp. 749
The Day of the Lordp. 749
Alternatives to Eternal Punishmentp. 758
The Renewal of Creationp. 766
The Wideness of God's Mercyp. 772
Scripture Indexp. 779
Name Indexp. 820
Subject Indexp. 831
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