What Theologians Are Saying
- "Anything from the pen of J.H. Bavinck is important to read. This work is even more valuable for the western church than it was when written, for the great religions of the world are now present in Europe and North America in numbers that could not have been imagined in the mid-20th century. Beyond that, the ‘magnetic points’ are crucial for helping us speak to the religious and non-religious as well. Read this little gem of a book!” –Tim Keller, Redeemer City to City
- "J. H. Bavinck is a sublime but neglected thinker. Through his psychological insights, global focus, and rich biblical theology, his works offer the reader a uniquely Reformed perspective on Christianity (and the Western culture it produced) in relation to other faiths, and the cultures most deeply shaped by them. This book provides a sterling example of that. The Church Between Temple and Mosque is essential reading for Christians looking to understand other faiths, as well as the uniqueness of their own.” –James Eglinton, Meldrum Senior Lecturer in Reformed Theology, University of Edinburgh
- "This book, which in spite of its modest size is a masterpiece, brings together all the theological and psychological lines that Bavinck traced in the course of his working life in the light of Scripture. His drive to interpret the uniqueness of the gospel broadly, especially in missionary contexts, motivated him to try to fully grasp the essence of non-Christian religions theologically and psychologically. His aim was to bring the insights he had gained into dialogue with the core of the Gospel and to show in a convincing way that all religious striving of people asks for the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. The very results of his research confirmed Bavinck in his conviction that this remains the redeeming turning point in the (religious) history of this world.” –Paul J. Visser, Author of Heart for the Gospel, Heart for the World: The Life and Thought of a Reformed Pioneer Missiologist, Johan Herman Bavinck, 1895-1964
- "After evaluating various theories of how to categorize religions Bavinck concludes that ‘universal religious consciousness’ is mysterious and continuous, demonstrating a fundamental unity. This religious consciousness is broken down into five magnetic points, of questions to which all people are drawn. The answers one comes to in responding to these questions determine one’s conduct and attitude to life. For instance, all religions to some extent are concerned with the problem of redemption. Bavinck analyses the major religions, skillfully describing the deeper aspects of the faith in regard to each of the magnetic points. But the particularly insightful points made are how these religions relate to common themes addressed by the Christian Scriptures. This is first brought out through an exposition of Romans 1, followed by the unique distinctives of the Bible from other religions, including the meaning and direction of history toward the inauguration of his Kingdom. Bavinck ends with an insightful biblical response to each of the five magnetic points he previously described in the other major religions. In interacting with other religions, he maintains the primacy of God’s sovereignty and the proclamation of his transforming Word.” –Bruce McDowell, President of Santiago Theological Seminary, Dominican Republic
Daniel Strange on Bavinck's 'Magnetic Points'