Herman Bavinck (1854-1921)

Herman Bavinck

A brief bio of Herman Bavinck, a continuing Reformer in the Protestant Reformation:

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, one of the most influential Reformed theologians was Herman Bavinck. He was a theology professor at Kampen Theological School (1883-1902) and the Free University of Amsterdam (1902-1921) in The Netherlands. John Bolt, former Professor of Systematic Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, called him “the real theologian of the nineteenth-century Dutch Calvinist revival.”[1]

Bavinck’s development of Reformed theology was made popular in the United States through the influence of Louis Berkhof (1873-1957). Berkhof was a Professor at Calvin Theological Seminary for 38 years and was its first President. His most influential work was his Systematic Theology that became a popular textbook for Bible college and seminary students across the United States and Canada.[2]


[1] F. H. Klooster, “Berkhof, Louis,” in Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, ed. Walter A. Elwell (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1984), 134-35.

[2] John Bolt, “Bavinck, Herman,” in Biographical Dictionary of Christian Theologians, ed. Patrick W. Carey and Joseph T. Lienhard (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2000), 59.

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