Podcast: REFORMING – Feature Conversation: James Eglinton

April 16, 2021

Our podcast episode 4 featuring James Eglinton is live HERE!

On this episode of the podcast, we are joined by a guest host, Gayle Doornbos, and together we talk with James Eglinton about his new biography of Dutch theologian and polymath Herman Bavinck. Our theme question: what does it mean to live with a faith that is rooted in the past, yet responsive to the challenges and questions of the present? Among the topics we discuss:

  • How we remember the past: the difference between “critical” and “commemorative” biography
  • The relationship of the two monumental figures from the Dutch Calvinist tradition: Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck
  • How Bavinck might respond to the idea of “always reforming”
  • How Bavinck managed to maintain friendship and to integrate so many voices across ideological virtues
  • Why Bavinck was pessimistic about the future of Calvinism in America, and what he meant when he said, “Calvinism is not the only the truth.”

If you’d like to read our review of the biography, written by Dr. David Westfall, you can find that here.

All episodes embedded below.

About the Author
  • Justin Ariel Bailey works at the intersection of Christian theology, culture, and ministry. Having served as a pastor in a number of diverse settings, his research seeks to bridge gaps between church and academy, and the formational spaces where they overlap. He is the author of the book Reimagining Apologetics (IVP Academic, 2020) and the forthcoming volume Interpreting Your World (Baker Academic, 2022). He serves as associate professor of Theology at Dordt University and is the host of the In All Things podcast. 

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