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Reformed Dogmatics, Abridged Edition

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"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

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.

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


"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

The Authors

  1. Herman Bavinck

    Herman Bavinck

    Herman Bavinck (1854-1921) succeeded Abraham Kuyper as professor of systematic theology at the Free University of Amsterdam in 1902.

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  2. John Bolt

    John Bolt

    John Bolt (PhD, University of St. Michael's College) is the Jean and Kenneth Baker Professor of Systematic Theology, emeritus, at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He edited Bavinck's four-volume Reformed Dogmatics.

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"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