Reformed Dogmatics: God and Creation

Reformed Dogmatics: God and Creation

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ISBN-13: 9780801026553
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2004
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 1,181,389
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Herman Bavinck (1854-1921) succeeded Abraham Kuyper as professor of systematic theology at the Free University in Amsterdam in 1902. John Bolt is professor of systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary. The late John Vriend translated many classic theological works.

Table of Contents

Dutch Reformed Translation Society9
Preface10
Editor's Introduction11
Part IKnowing God
1The Incomprehensibility of God27
Before the Divine Mystery
God and the Gods
Divine Incomprehensibility in Christian Theology
Philosophical Agnosticism
The Mystery of an Absolute, Personal God
2The Knowledge of God53
The Problem of Atheism
The Implanted Knowledge of God
Objections to Innate Ideas
Innate Disposition
The Acquired Knowledge of God
Proofs for God's Existence
The Proofs: An Appraisal
Part IIThe Living, Acting God
3The Names of God95
Biblical Names for God
Classifying God's Names
Divine Simplicity; Essence and Attributes
Classifying God's Attributes
God's Proper Names
4God's Incommunicable Attributes148
Independence
Immutability
Infinity
Unity
Simplicity
5God's Communicable Attributes178
God's Spiritual Nature
Intellectual Attributes
Moral Attributes
Attributes of Sovereignty
Perfection, Blessedness, and Glory
6The Holy Trinity256
Old Testament Seeds
Intertestamental Judaism
The New Testament
Development of Trinitarian Dogma
The Opposition: Arianism and Sabellianism
Trinitarian Terminology
Distinctions among the Three Persons
East and West
The Trinitarian Economy
Trinitarian Analogies and Arguments
The Importance of Trinitarian Dogma
Part IIIGod's Will on Earth As It Is in Heaven
7The Divine Counsel337
The Teaching of Scripture
Augustine and the Pelagian Challenge
The Reformation Return to Paul and Augustine
Supra- and Infralapsarianism
Remonstrance and Resistance
The Scope of God's Decree
Providence
Response to Pelagianism
Predestination
Inadequacy of Supra- and Infralapsarianism
Reprobation
Election
8Creation406
Creation and Its Religious Alternatives: Pantheism and Materialism
Creatio ex Nihilo
The Creator Is the Triune God
Creation and Time
Creation's Goal
A Creation-Based Worldview
Part IVMaker of Heaven and Earth
9Heaven: The Spiritual World443
Reaching beyond the Boundary
The Angels in Scripture
Angelic Nature: Unity and Corporeality
Angels, Humanity, and Christ
The Ministry of Angels
Veneration of Angels
10Earth: The Material World473
The Week of Creation
The Six Days of Creation
The Hypotheses of the Natural Sciences
The Formation of the Earth
Harmonizing Science with Scripture
The Six-Day Week of Creation
Facts and Interpretations
The Flood Factor
Part VThe Image of God
11Human Origins511
Creation and Evolution: Darwinism
The Age of Humanity
The Unity of the Human Race
The Original Abode of Humanity
12Human Nature530
Defining the Image
The Reformation View of the Image
The Whole Person as the Image of God
13Human Destiny563
Covenant with Adam: Only the Beginning
Reformed and Other Views of Human Destiny
Human Destiny in Community
Creation and Traducianism
Part VIGod's Fatherly Care
14Providence591
The Language of Providence
Non-Christian Competitors
An Attempt at Definition
Concurrence: Secondary Causes
Providence as Government
Bibliography621
Select Scripture Index661
Name Index663
Subject Index677

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