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Conference ‘Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Ethics’

The Kampen theologian Herman Bavinck (1854-1921) has been renowned in the Netherlands for his four-volume Gereformeerde Dogmatiek (1st edition 1895-1901) and all over the world since the translation of this book into English and subsequently in several other languages. It is therefore an international event that this year the extensive manuscript of his intended book on Reformed ethics will be available, both in Dutch (complete edition) and English (partial edition). This manuscript, the result of his teaching in Kampen, was found some years ago in Bavinck’s archive. The original Dutch text has been fixed and annotated by Dr. Dirk van Keulen, researcher at The Neo-Calvinism Research Institute, TU Kampen (NRI), and will be published as Gereformeerde ethiek at publishing house KokBoekencentrum.

To celebrate the release of this second largest text in Bavinck’s bibliography, an international two-day conference has been organized by NRI on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 September, 2019, at Theological University Kampen. Prior to his conference, theologian Dr. Craig Bartholomew will deliver the annual Bavinck Lecture at this university, dedicated to Bavinck’s ethics, on Wednesday night 18 September, 2019.

The conference theme of Bavinck’s ethics is intended to foster conversations and reflection related to the significance of this new publication in all its aspects.

In view of the publication of Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Ethics, our Institute prepared several suggestions for possible research projects.

Overnight accommodations are the responsibility of each individual Conference participant.

More information is available on the Overnight Accommodations page.

Preliminary program


Wednesday 18 September
19.30 Bavinck Lecture by Craig Bartholomew, Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics Cambrigde
Thursday 19 September
9.30 Opening Roel Kuiper, Rector TU Kampen
9.45 Presentation of Gereformeerde Ethiek, Dirk van Keulen, TU Kampen
10.00 Keynote 1. Kees van der Kooi, VU Amsterdam
11.00 Coffee break
11.30 Lecture 2. James Eglinton, New College Edinburgh
12.00 Lecture 3. Wim van Vlastuin, VU/HHS Amsterdam
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Keynote 4. John Bolt, Calvin College Grand Rapids
14.30 Lecture 5. Gerard den Hertog, TU Apeldoorn
15.00 Coffee break
15.30 Lecture 6. Jessica Joustra, TU Kampen
16.00 Lecture 7. Hans Burger, TU Kampen
17.30 Dinner
19.30 Play on C.S. Lewis by the American actor Phil Crowley
Friday 20 September
9.30 Keynote 8. Ernst Conradie, UWC Cape Town
10.30 Lecture 9. Henk van de Belt, VU Amsterdam
11.00 Coffee break
11.30 Lecture 10. Marcel Sarot, Tilburg School of Catholic Theology
12.00 Lecture 11. Gray Sutanto, Covenant City Church Jakarta
12.30 Boekpresentatie Henk van de Belt
12.45 Lunch
13.45 Lecture 12. Hillie van de Streek, TU Kampen
14.15 Lecture 13. Albert Gootjes, Universiteit Utrecht
14.45 Coffee break
15.15 Keynote 14. Ad de Bruijne, TU Kampen
16.15 Closure

Next Conference:

February 6-7, 2020: International conference ‘The Children’s trains and beyond…. The cultural relations between Hungary and the Low Countries in the Interwar Period’.