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A New Bavinck Biography

A New Bavinck Biography

Book Presentation of James Eglinton, Bavinck. A Critical Biography

30 October, 2020

The Archive and Documentation Center (ADC) and The Neo-Calvinism Research Institute (NRI) invite you to the launch of Bavinck: A Critical biography (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, ISBN 978-1540961358), written by the Scottish theologian James Eglinton.

The meeting will be held on Friday 30 October, 2020 in the Nieuwe Kerk, Broederweg 34, Kampen, as well as online via YouTube, and starts at 2.30 PM (GMT+1).

It is more than half a century since Rolf H. Bremmer published his book Herman Bavinck en zijn tijdgenoten (1966), the last full-length academic study on the life of the renowned theologian. Since that year many studies on aspects of Bavinck’s works have been published, as well as collections of his correspondence and some manuscripts. His archive has recently been organized, and many historical sources that were hard to access have been made available digitally. As well as this, many of Bavinck’s writings have now been translated into English, giving rise to an international Bavinck research community.


These developments called for a new and updated Bavinck biography in English. At this meeting the contents and relevance of Eglinton’s biography will be discussed by three presenters, each of whom is well acquainted with Bavinck, his academic context, and the neo-Calvinist tradition. Due to travel restrictions caused by coronavirus, James Eglinton is unable to attend in person, but will nonetheless take part from Edinburgh.



2.30 Opening by George Harinck, director of the ADC and the NRI

2.45 Reactions to the biography by

– Kees van der Kooi, Professor Emeritus of Dogmatics at the Vrije Universiteit (Bavinck’s chair)

– Tom-Eric Krijger, Assistant Professor in the Cultural History of Christianity at Leiden University, and specialist in the history of Modernism

– Marinus de Jong, Reformed pastor in Amsterdam and neo-Calvinism scholar

3.30 Reaction by James Eglinton

4.15 Close


Due to Dutch government measures to control the spread of coronavirus, the meeting is limited to 30 persons. If you want to attend in person, please register before 28 October at info@adckampen.nl.

You can join the meeting online at the YouTube channel ‘NGK Kampen’ / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi2N9hbgfwyZfCu3KouXwpw/featured.


The biography (hardcover, 480 p.) is available at Amazon.com for $ 44.99.