God’s Word in Servant Form

Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck and the Doctrine of Scripture by Richard B. Gaffin, Jr.



From the Preface, by Richard B. Gaffin, Jr.: “This study, written for the 100th anniversay of J. Gresham Machen on 28 July 1981, first appeared as a two-part article, uner the title, “Old Amsterdam and Inerrancy?,” in the Westminster Theological Journal (44 [Fall 1982] 250-89 and 45 [Spring 1983] 219-72). It is reprinted here with minor revisions…I offer it here confident that the views of Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck on Scriptrure it considers have perennial value for the well-being of Reformed and evangelical theology and church life and so make a singularly important contribution to the crucial debate about Scripture that continues unabated today within evangelical circles, further complicated as they currently are by recently ermergent “post-conservative evangelical” impulses.”


“. . . urgently needed to respond to a resurgence of historical nonsense. . . careful with his primary sources, avoids claiming too much, and sets a standard for evenhanded historical theology on this question that deserves to be the norm and not the exception.”
-D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“. . . can only have a positive impact on the present generation’s thinking about both the character of Scripture and proper theological reflection.”
-Moises Silva

“. . . historically rigorous, intellectually stimulating and spiritually re-assuring.”
-Donald Macleod

“. . . Gaffin mines these stalwarts of the Reformed tradition for wisdom and insight in the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture. . . a must-read for pastors, students, theologians, and laymen alike!”
-Sean Lucas

“Dr. Gaffin shows that Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck believed in organic inspiration and also in an errorless Bible because of its ultimate divine authorship. . . ”
-Ric Canada


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