In All Things Podcast

REFORMING the Faith with James Eglinton (ep. 4)

April 13, 2021

On this episode of the podcast, we are joined by a guest host, Gayle Doornbos, and together we talk with James Eglinton about his new biography of Dutch theologian and polymath Herman Bavinck. Our theme question: what does it mean to live with a faith that is rooted in the past, yet responsive to the challenges and questions of the present? Among the topics we discuss:

  • How we remember the past: the difference between "critical" and "commemorative" biography
  • The relationship of the two monumental figures from the Dutch Calvinist tradition: Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck
  • How Bavinck might respond to the idea of "always reforming"
  • How Bavinck managed to maintain friendship and to integrate so many voices across ideological virtues
  • Why Bavinck was pessimistic about the future of Calvinism in America, and what he meant when he said, "Calvinism is not the only the truth."

If you'd like to read our review of the biography, written by Dr. David Westfall, you can find that here:

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