Reformed Ethics Volume 1

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Herman Bavinck’s four-volume Reformed Dogmatics is one of the most important theological works of the twentieth century. Leading Bavinck expert John Bolt edited that work, which has received wide acclaim. Now Bolt has edited a recently discovered manuscript from Bavinck, in print for the first time, which serves as a companion to Reformed DogmaticsReformed Ethics follows the same method and explores the ethical and spiritual dimensions of key doctrines beyond those of Reformed Dogmatics. It mines the moral teachings of the early church and medieval and Puritan spirituality while addressing a variety of topics, offering scholars, pastors, and students Bavinck’s mature reflections on ethical issues. This book is the first of three planned volumes.


Introduction to Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Ethics by Dirk van Keulen and John Bolt
§1 Historical Overview of Christian Ethics
§2 Terminology
§3 Division and Organization of Ethic
§4 Foundation and Method of Ethics
Book I: Humanity before Conversion
1. Essential Human Nature
§5 Human Beings, Created in God’s Image
§6 The Content of Human Nature
§7 Human Relationships
2. Humanity under the Power of Sin
§8 The Devastation of the Image of God in Humanity
§9 The Organizing Principle and Classification of Sins
3. The Self against the Neighbor and God
§10 Sins of Egoism in the Narrow Sense
§11 Sins against the Neighbor
§12 Sins against God
4. The Fallen Image of God
§13 The Image of God in Fallen Human Beings
5. Human Conscience
§14 The Conscience
6. The Sinner and the Law
§15 The Law
§16 Natural Morality
Book II: Converted Humanity
7. Life in the Spirit
§17 The Nature of the Spiritual Life
§18 The Origin of the Spiritual Life
§19 The First and Basic Activity of the Spiritual Life
8. Life in the Spirit in the Church’s History
§20 Mysticism, Pietism, and Methodism
9. The Shape and Maturation of the Christian Life
§21 The Shape of the Christian Life: The Imitation of Christ
§22 The Growth of the Spiritual Life
10. Persevering in the Christian Life
§23 Security and Sealing
11. Pathologies of the Christian Life
§24 Diseases of the Spiritual Life and Their Roots
12. Restoration and Consummation of the Christian Life
§25 Means of Restoration
§26 Consummation of the Spiritual Life; Meditation on Death

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

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Weight 1300.0 g
Dimensions 231 × 155 × 43 mm

Bavinck, Herman, (Author), Bolt, John, Theron, Antoine, Kloosterman, Nelson, Joustra, Jessica, van Keulen, Dirk, (Editor, Consultant Editor, Consultant Editor, Consultant Editor, Consultant Editor)

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Baker Academic (2019), Edition: Annotated, 608 pages

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