Monday, November 13, 2006

Here's what Packer has to say about Bavinck's Systematic Theology, now available in English:
Bavinck's Dutch masterwork was the Everest of which the textbooks by Louis Berkhof and Auguste Leoerf were foothills and Berkouwer's studies in dogmatics were outliers. Like Augustine, Calvin, and Edwards, Bavinck was a man of giant mind, vast learning, ageless wisdom and great expository skill, and to have his first volume now in full English, with a promise of the other three to come, is a wonderful enrichment. Solid but lucid, demanding but satisfying, broad and deep and sharp and stabilizing, Bavinck's magisterial Reformed Dogmatics remains after a century the supreme achievement of its kind. J. I. Packer
Berkhof now officially relegated to a foothill! When I say 'officially', I mean 'unofficially'. Packer is not 'officially' in any meaningful sense of the word. That's not to say his opinion is not meaningful - on the contrary....[tails off into indistinct muttering...]