Willem J. de Wit, On the Way to the Living God: A Cathartic Reading of Herman Bavinck and an Invitation to Overcome the Plausibility Crisis of Christianity (Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2011), x + 208 pages, ISBN 978 90 8659 586 0.
Post-Christian Amsterdam is a place where life seems to be good without God, where Jesus is seen as a figure of a distant past, and where only a few people still go to church. However, it is also a context from which a deeply reflected invitation springs to face and o
vercome the plausibility crisis of Christianity.
By telling the story of the Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck (1854–1921) and his struggle to remain standing as a Christian over against the modern worldview of his day, this study offers interested readers all over the world a mirror in which to face their own struggle.
Moreover, in a world explained without God and marked by evil it, extends the invitation to adopt a binocular worldview and to live with open eyes on the way to the living God, even if this implies dying with Christ.
Reactions (translated from Dutch):
- “I’m touched by your book. Inspiring theme.”
- “Intellectual exercise can be relaxing.”
- “Offers a lot for reflection on being a Christian today!”
- “Beautiful opening … from Psalm 42.”
- “Wonderful ending from Augustine …”
- “… contents very relevant for today!”
- “Never read a book before in which the author invites the reader to delete some paragraphs.”
- “… and exactly this makes me read on! Theology that dares to be vulnerable.”
- “Fascinating to read how he enters into conversation with Dawkins’ The God Delusion. Relevant for apologetics!”
- “… relevant in science & religion discussion.”
- “Congratulations with this extremely fascinating result.”
Nederlands Dagblad: “Levende God in een post-christelijke tijd.”
Reformatorisch Dagblad: “De diepste dorst van het menselijk hart: GZB-docent W. J. de Wit belicht crisis christendom in gesprek met Bavinck.”
The Bavinck Institute: “Interview with Willem de Wit on His On the Way to the Living God.”
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