International Herman Bavinck Centennial Congress

The Neo-Calvinism Research Institute at Theological University Kampen kindly invites you to the international Herman Bavinck Centennial Congress on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 November 2021, in the Nieuwe Kerk, Broederweg 34, Kampen.

One hundred years after his death, the ideas of the Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck (1854-1921) are becoming increasingly popular among scholars from different parts of the world. During the 20th century he was relatively unknown outside of the Netherlands, standing in the shadow of the famous theologian and politician Abraham Kuyper with whom Bavinck was closely connected. In the last decades, scholars from the USA to Korea and from Russia to South-Africa started to study Bavinck, and his writings are being more and more translated into different languages and interpreted within various contexts.

Congress attendance is free, and includes lunches, coffee/tea, and a reception. Participants have to register before 5 November 2021 at On the days of the congress entry to the Nieuwe Kerk is allowed only by presenting your ID and your corona admission ticket.

Would you rather attend the conference online? You can do this via the YouTube channel of the Nieuwe Kerk.

(Provisional) Programme

The program is a mix of live and online-presentations (time-zone bound), and as yet it is uncertain if the presenters from Scotland will be able to travel to the Netherlands.



10.15 Opening, George Harinck (Theologische Universiteit Kampen)

10.30 Henk van den Belt (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), One, Two or Even More Bavincks: Tensions in his Theology

11.00 Aart Goedvree, Searching for a Comprehensive Method for the Analysis of Bavinck’s Thought

11.30 Coffee break

12.00 Dirk van Keulen (Theologische Universiteit Kampen), Under Kuyper’s Wings? Herman Bavinck’s Doctrine of Scripture as an Illustration of the Relationship of the Young Herman Bavinck and Abraham Kuyper

12.30 Book presentation Herman Bavinck, Filosofische ethiek, edited by Dirk van Keulen

12.45 Lunch

13.45 ONLINE William A. Ross (Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte), Herman Bavinck Among the Philologists

14.15 Wouter Kroese (Protestantse Theologische Universiteit), Bavinck and Kuenen

14.45 Jacques Dane (Nationaal Onderwijsmuseum Dordrecht), The Catholic Educator and Clergyman Sigebertus Rombouts on Herman Bavinck (1923)

15.15 Coffee break

15.45 ONLINE N. Gray Sutanto (Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.), Religious Experience: Herman Bavinck and Affect Theory

16.15 Israel Guerrero (University of Edinburgh), Piety and Pietism: Definitions and Differences in Herman Bavinck’s Theology

16.45 Wim van Vlastuin (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Bavinck’s Concept of Catholicity in the Context of Homosexuality

17.15 Reception



09.45 ONLINE Tae Hyeun Park (Chongshin University, Seoul), Bavinck on Eloquence

10.15 Changjun Choi (Theologische Universiteit Apeldoorn), Bavinck and Calvin on the image of God

10.45 Coffee break

11.15 ONLINE Bruce Pass (Brisbane School of Theology), Herman Bavinck’s Doctrine of Providence and Dutch Colonial Policy

11.45 George Harinck (Theologische Universiteit Kampen), Bavinck’s Correspondence

12.15 CheolDong Park (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), An Integration of Faith and Knowledge on the Deity of Christ in Herman Bavinck

12.45 Lunch

13.45 James Eglinton (University of Edinburgh), Herman Bavinck’s (Western) World of Faith: A Problem Solved by J.H. Bavinck?

14.15 Simeon Ximian Xu (University of Edinburgh), Cultural Differences and the Possibility of Sino-Reformed Theology

14.45 Coffee break

15.15 Gert van Klinken (Protestantse Theologische Universiteit), Herman Bavinck and Contemporary Judaism

15.45 Kees van der Kooi (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Herman Bavinck and the Future of Reformed Theology. Some Critical Notes

16.15 General discussion and closure


Organizing Committee

Henk van den Belt, Professor of Systematic Theology and director of the Herman Bavinck Center for Reformed and Evangelical Theology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Dr. James Eglinton, Meldrum Senior Lecturer in Reformed Theology, New College, University of Edinburgh.

George Harinck, Professor of History of Neo-Calvinism, Theological University of Kampen and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, director of The Neo-Calvinism Research Institute.

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