Herman Bavinck – A Theologian’s Sole Responsibilty

23 Sep

The imperative task of the dogmatician is to think God’s thoughts after him and to trace their unity. His work is not finished until he has mentally absorbed this unity and set it forth in a dogmatics. Accordingly, he does not come to God’s revelation with a ready-made system in order, as best he can, to force its content into it. On the contrary, even in his system a theologian’s sole responsibility is to think God’s thoughts after him and to reproduce the unity that is objectively present in the thoughts of god and has been recorded for the eye of faith in Scripture.

~Herman Bavinck~


Reformed Dogmatics Vol. 1: Prolegomena (Grand Rapids, Michigan; Baker Academic; 2003) p. 44.

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2 Responses to “Herman Bavinck – A Theologian’s Sole Responsibilty”

  1. Ian Hall September 24, 2011 at 12:19 am #

    I continue to enjoy your posts and feature them on my twitter paper, http://paper.li/Christ_For_Oz/paper-2/~list
    Keep up the good work.

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