Book Review: Philosophy of Revelation (Herman Bavinck)


How should we understand the world—the universe—and everything in it? Should we put on our Darwin glasses and recognize that everything has evolved and is (almost) purely progressing? Can we actually know and understand this at all? As James Eglinton writes in the Foreword to Philosophy of Revelation (PoR), “What of the Dawkinsesque claim that the natural sciences are the best—or perhaps the only reliable—way to understand the cosmos and all that is found therein? Should we expect the natural sciences to provide a rich and satisfying account of life in its entirety?” (p. ix). How has human culture progressed? Always forward? Backwards? In every direction? Is progress always good and how do we know it?

As Bavinck himself argued in his lectures presented at Princeton in 1908 (which is what this book consists of), questions like these and the deep issues undergirding them need to be answered well if…

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