In addition to exegetical, biblical and systematic theology, “There is room also for a philosophy of revelation which will trace the idea of revelation both in its form and in its content, and correlate it with the rest of our knowledge and life,” writes the author, one of the most distinguished Reformed theologians of the twentieth century. “Theological thought has always felt the need of such a science.”
Thus, Philosophy of Revelation, first published in 1909, is part of the same discipline and heritage as James Orr’s The Christian View of God and the World (1893) and Gordon Clark’s A Christian View of Men and Things (1952).
Bavinck deals with the relationship between revelation and: (in chapters 2–3) philosophy, (4) nature, (5) history, (6) religion, (7) Christianity, (8) religious experience, (9) culture, and (10) the future. He contends that the world cannot be explained without God, that the natural and social sciences presuppose metaphysics, and that none of the subjects under consideration here is intelligible or meaningful apart from special revelation.
Herman Bavinck (1854–1921) succeeded Abraham Kuyper as professor of systematic theology at the Free University of Amsterdam, a position he held from 1902 fo his death. The Philosophy of Revelation is comprised primarily of the Stone Lectures for 1908–1909. Bavincks other works in English are Our Reasonable Faith and The Doctrine of God.