Now In One Volume: Geerhardus Vos, Reformed Dogmatics

For those of us who love Reformed theology and are interested in its modern development, Geerhardus Vos (1862–1949) is a significant figure. He spent most of his career, at Princeton Seminary, reforming and developing what had come to be known in the nineteenth century as Biblical Theology but like his seventeenth-century forebears (e.g., Cocceius), Vos also taught dogmatics. He began his teaching career at the theological school of the Christian Reformed Church. While there he taught Dogmatics, which is essentially the European way of saying systematic theology. By the way, if you ever see a copy of the first edition of Berkhof’s systematic theology you will see that it too was titled Reformed Dogmatics. Lexham Press has been publishing the first-ever English translation of these volumes serially. Last year, however, they combined all the volumes into one. It is 1274 pages but they used Bible paper so that the volume is remarkably thin physically (but thick theologically). It is an impressive work. This volume is a valuable window into the state of Reformed orthodoxy around the turn of the 20th century. It is interesting to see how or to what degree he was influenced by earlier Reformed orthodoxy (of which he was a student) as well as by Bavinck. Of course, it is interesting to read this volume in light of his later work in biblical studies and biblical theology. As Richard Gaffin, the translator, reminds us in his preface, this volume reflects the fact that this work was probably not intended to be published. These were extensive classroom notes and should be received by us as such. This is an excellent volume and a worthy addition to church libraries, pastoral libraries and certainly should be added to the libraries in Christian colleges and seminaries everywhere. Those who are interested in the history of Reformed theology will welcome this work. It is available from Lexham Press for $59.99.

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[NB: Lexham Press graciously provided this volume as part of work on another project but the content of this post is independent of any influence by the publisher].

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    R.Scott Clark is the President of the Heidelberg Reformation Association, the author and editor of, and contributor to several books and the author of many articles. He has taught church history and historical theology since 1997 at Westminster Seminary California. He has also taught at Wheaton College, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Concordia University. He has hosted the Heidelblog since 2007.

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  1. I personally would not recommend this one volume. The paper is awful. I gave away my 5 volumes and purchased the one volumes, and I continue to kick myself. The paper is very thin and the bleed-through is awful.

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