Abridged in One Volume
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.
"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. For his commanding breadth of learning in biblical, systematic, historical, and philosophical theology as well as the rich depth of his exegetical and doctrinal insights, Bavinck stands out as the most important Reformed theologian of the nineteenth century. With Bolt's footnotes, obscure figures and debates are explained and their contemporary significance noted. This volume is a gift and a treasure, offering us one of the richest veins in the history of dogmatics."--Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor, Westminster Seminary California
"Three years after the completion of the English translation of Herman Bavinck's great work, the four-volume Reformed Dogmatics, another milestone has been reached with the publication of a one-volume abridgement. John Bolt . . . has once again performed a yeoman's task in steering the project to completion and making available to an English-speaking audience a more accessible version of Bavinck's dogmatics. Handsomely bound in a form that matches the larger work, the publication of this abridgment should prove to be a more helpful means of introducing Bavinck's magisterial grasp of Reformed theology to a larger audience than the intimidating four-volume work. . . . An outstanding and welcome accomplishment. The abridgment is an obvious labor of love on [Bolt's] part, and makes Bavinck's theology more accessible to a wider range of English readers. For those who admire Bavinck's work as a theologian . . . the preparation and publication of this abridgment is a wonderful gift to the church, students of theology, and pastors alike."--Cornelis P. Venema, Mid-America Journal of Theology