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Herman Bavinck

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Herman Bavinck desires to revitalize Reformed theology by turning to the sources of the Reformation. "Tradition is the means by which all treasures and possessions of former generations are transmitted to the present and the future". Bavinck used the concept of the principia for the first time in his inaugural address in Kampen the Science of Holy Theology. "Scripture is the only principium from which theology is drawn and its only source of knowledge". In Reformed Dogmatics Bavinck uses the term αὐτóπιστοςfor the first time in discussing the right dogmatic method. The Christian theologian must take his starting position in Christian revelation. Bavinck links the concept of the principia with the distinction of Junius: theologia archetypa and theologia ectypa correspond to principium essendi and principium cognoscendi of theology. The chapter examines how the principium internum is connected to the testimonium of the Spirit.

Keywords:Christian revelation; Herman Bavinck; holy spirit; Reformed theology; Scripture; testimonium



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