“When it comes to theologians that contemporary church leaders should be reading, I don’t know of a more important one than Herman Bavinck.” 

So says Tim Keller in his endorsement of James Eglinton’s 2020 book Bavinck: A Critical Biography. Keller first read Bavinck some 50 years ago in a class with Roger Nicole at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. But not much of Bavinck’s voluminous work has been translated until recent years. So we live in a renaissance of appreciation for this Dutch theologian who died in 1921. 

Probably no one is more responsible for this renaissance than Eglinton, the Meldrum senior lecturer in Reformed theology at the University of Edinburgh. He also serves as a fellow for The Keller Center for Cultural Apologetics. In this special season of Gospelbound, we’re exploring in depth several key influences that appear in my book Timothy Keller: His Spiritual and Intellectual Formation. James Eglinton and I discussed neo-Calvinism, whether he disagrees with Bavinck about anything, a beginner’s reading list, and Eglinton’s upcoming projects. You’ll find few high-level academics who can match Eglinton’s gift for clear thinking and teaching, as you’ll hear in this interview.