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‘Bavinck: A Critical Biography,’ with Dr. James Eglinton

February 20th, 2021 | 2 min read

By Matthew Lee Anderson

Dr. James Eglinton from the University of Edinburgh joins us to discuss the great theologian Herman Bavinck. Dr. Eglinton just released Bavinck: A Critical Biography. The conversation ranges from a deep exploration of Bavinck’s polymathic tendencies to the very basics of where to begin learning about him.

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The Brazos Fellows [0:35]

Dr. James Eglinton [1:27]

What’s a Critical Biography? [4:14]

Bavinck the Polymath [10:02]

The Secularizing Context [15:52]

What is Bavinck’s central theological thought? [21:04]

How can it go wrong? [28:52]

A Modern Reformed Theologian [38:40]

The Books to Start With [46:29]

Mere Fidelity Book of the Month {Promo Code MEREFIDELITYFEB21} [50:40]


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Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is an Associate Professor of Ethics and Theology in Baylor University's Honors College. He has a D.Phil. in Christian Ethics from Oxford University, and is a Perpetual Member of Biola University's Torrey Honors College. In 2005, he founded Mere Orthodoxy.