Bavinck was born in the town of Hoogeveen in the Netherlands to a German father. He first went to theological school at Kampen, but then moved on to Leiden for further training. A year later, Bavinck was appointed Professor of Dogmatics at Kampen Theological Seminary. Amidst all these developments, Bavinck stayed put and pursued his class lectures, research, writing, and publication – making his distinctive mark as our reasonable faith bavinck pdf orthodox Calvinist theologian and churchman.
Abraham Kuyper, was meant to be a bastion of Reformed learning in all fields of thought. The Free University including its Theology Faculty for training clergy, unlike Kampen Seminary, was independent of both the state and all church denominations. After refusing the invitation of Abraham Kuyper several times to come to Amsterdam, finally Bavinck accepted Kuyper’s plea. In 1902 he succeeded Abraham Kuyper as Professor of Theology at the Free University in Amsterdam.
Kuyper himself had developed other workloads, and simply wanted the best man available to replace himself. In 1908 he visited the United States and gave the Stone Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary. Inevitably he has been compared with his contemporary Abraham Kuyper. Landwehr, Bavinck’s first biographer, had this to say of the two: “Bavinck was an Aristotelian, Kuyper had a Platonic spirit. Bavinck was the man of clear concept, Kuyper the man of the fecund idea. Kuyper proceeded speculatively by way of intuition.
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Both Herman Bavinck and Karl Barth sensed the open question caused by the subjectivistic tendency of Friedrich Schleiermacher’s doctrine of revelation. Barth argues that Schleiermacher ignores the objective feature of revelation by orienting the basis of revelation to the subjective consciousness and experience of the faith. Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Bavinck and Barth on Schleiermacher’s Doctrine of Revelation”. Herman Bavinck, Gereformeerde Dogmatiek I inhoud at www. Bavinck on the Christian Life: Following Jesus in Faithful Service. The Bavinck Institute – Offers an up-to-date Bavinck bibliography and publishes The Bavinck Review.