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A Critical Biography

James Eglinton


A Critical Biography

James Eglinton



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Dutch Calvinist theologian Herman Bavinck, a significant voice in the development of Protestant theology, remains relevant many years after his death. His four-volume Reformed Dogmatics is one of the most important theological works of the twentieth century.

James Eglinton is widely considered to be at the forefront of contemporary interest in Bavinck's life and thought. After spending considerable time in the Netherlands researching Bavinck, Eglinton brings to light a wealth of new insights and previously unpublished documents to offer a definitive biography of this renowned Reformed thinker.

The book follows the course of Bavinck's life in a period of dramatic social change, identifying him as an orthodox Calvinist challenged with finding his feet in late modern culture. Based on extensive archival research, this critical biography presents numerous significant and previously ignored or unknown aspects of Bavinck's person and life story. A black-and-white photo insert is included.

This volume complements other Baker Academic offerings on Bavinck's theology and ethics, which together have sold 90,000 copies.

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James Eglinton

James Eglinton

James Eglington was appointed to the Meldrum Lectureship in Reformed Theology in 2013, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2020. Prior to joining the School of Divinity, a postdoctoral research fellow, and then senior researcher in systematic and historical theology, at the Theologische Universiteit Kampen. He holds undergraduate degrees in law (LLB Hons, Aberdeen) and theology (BTh Dist., Glasgow). His PhD, on the Dutch dogmatician Herman Bavinck, was written at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Prof. David Fergusson.

To date, the bulk of Eglington's research and writing has focused on neo-Calvinism, a form of Reformed Christianity that developed between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the Netherlands, and that has continued to evolve in a range of international contexts. His first monograph, Trinity and Organism, was published by Bloomsbury in 2012 (Chinese translation published: 2019). Eglington was co-editor of Neo-Calvinism and the French Revolution (Bloomsbury, 2014), editor and translator of Herman Bavinck on Preaching and Preachers (Hendrickson, 2017), and co-editor and co-translator of Christian Worldview (Crossway, 2019). His second monograph, Bavinck: A Critical Biography, was published by Baker Academic in 2020, and won that year's History and Biography Book of the Year Prize in The Gospel Coalition 2020 Book Awards. It was also a finalist in the 2021 ECPA Book Awards.

Eglington serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Reformed Theology, published by Brill.

He maintain a strong interest in public theology, both theoretical and practical, and has previously written for The Times, The Herald, The Scotsman, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and Nederlands Dagblad, and has taken part in broadcasts on BBC Alba and BBC Radio nan Gàidheal.

Eglington speaks, reads and writes English, Scottish Gaelic, Dutch and French.

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