Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

The J. H. Bavinck Reader

Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

The J. H. Bavinck Reader

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The J. H. Bavinck Reader.

Edited by John Bolt, James D. Bratt, and Paul J. Visser. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013. Pp. 417. Paperback $38.

The J. H. Bavinck Reader introduces a generation of non-Dutch speakers to Johan Herman Bavinck, a missionary statesman whose writings continue to shape the debates of present-day Reformed missions thinking.

The book is divided into a substantial introduction plus three sections. The introduction (1-92) consists of an extensive overview of Bavinck's life by his biographer, Paul Visser, outlining his distinguished career as a missionary in Java and teacher and theologian in Kampen and Amsterdam.

The three sections provide selections from Bavinck's writings. The first section deals with the uniqueness of the Christian faith in relation to other faiths, outlining Bavinck's respectful but profoundly biblical understanding of the nature of the Christian proclamation. The second and longest section deals with the domain of religious consciousness, with a careful tracing of its decline in the Western world. …

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