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Under the title of Magnalia Dei, the wonderful works of God, I wish to give a simple explanation of the Christian faith in a book of modest scope, as confessed by the Reformed churches…” –Herman Bavinck, from his Foreword

110 years after its original publication, The Wonderful Works of God remains one of the finest single-volume systematic theologies ever written. Adapting the magisterial systematic theology found in his four-volume Reformed Dogmatics, this is perhaps Bavinck's most eminently practical work a single, accessible volume for the college classroom and the family bookshelf. Previously published in America as Our Reasonable Faith, this book has had a deep and lasting influence on the growth and development of Reformed theology. It is the publisher's hope that in its new form, this book continues to astonish readers with the wonderful works of God, and provide a deeper knowledge of their Triune God.

Included in this new, hardcover edition:

  • A new, insightful Introduction by R. Carlton Wynne
  • Updated typesetting of the classic Zylstra translation
  • The translator’s 1956 Preface
  • Bavinck’s original Foreword, previously unavailable in English
  • A comprehensive, student-friendly scripture and subject index

Table of Contents: 

  1. Man's Highest Good
  2. The Knowledge of God
  3. General Revelation
  4. The Value of General Revelation
  5. The Manner of Special Revelation
  6. The Content of Special Revelation
  7. The Holy Scriptures
  8. Scripture and Confession
  9. The Being of God
  10. The Divine Trinity
  11. Creation and Providence
  12. The Origin, Essence, and Purpose of Man
  13. Sin and Death
  14. The Covenant of Grace
  15. The Mediator of the Covenant
  16. The Divine and Human Nature of Christ
  17. The Work of Christ in His Humiliation
  18. The Work of Christ in His Exaltation
  19. The Gift of the Holy Spirit
  20. The Christian Calling
  21. Justification
  22. Sanctification
  23. The Church of Christ
  24. Eternal Life


The Wonderful Works of God is more than an abridged version of Reformed Dogmatics—it is a fresh restatement of the same truths clothed in plain language for popular use. May God use it to infuse scriptural, Reformed Christianity into the heads and hearts of many people.” -- Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

"Your spiritual life will be well benefitted as you immerse yourself in this rich teaching.” - Steven J. Lawson, President, OnePassion Ministries

"The reappearance of this volume is most welcome. As Bavinck's own abridgement of his monumental Reformed Dogmatics, it not only serves as an important and helpful introduction to that larger work but also provides brief and valuable treatments in their own right of the matters dealt with in its twenty-four chapters. Here is a book that belongs in the libraries of every church, pastor, teacher, and student of theology." -- Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology Emeritus, Westminster Theological Seminary

"Over the years I have found this summary of the Christian faith to be the most eloquent and the most thoroughly biblical and pastoral that I have ever seen in a single volume. The most difficult doctrines in the Reformed faith are given a masterful treatment. Without diminishing from their complexity, Bavinck manages to make the loci of our theology accessible and winsome. Everyone should own a copy and read it regularly." -- William Edgar, Professor of Apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary

"It was Bavinck, through this volume, who confirmed for me that theology can and must grow organically from the Scriptures. In The Wonderful Works of God Bavinck leads us in this discipline with doxological elegance. His deep knowledge and careful treatment of the Scriptures, woven together in the great themes of biblical revelation, provides a model methodology for pastors and teachers. I have commended this book for disciplining pastors and leaders in the past and I am delighted that Westminster Seminary Press has produced this new edition for a new generation." -- John Currie, Professor of Pastoral Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary

“Condensing his multi-volume Dogmatics, this one volume of Bavinck’s ‘gold’ is a great treasure. This book was formative in my own trek to Reformed theology, as it has been for many others. At a time of doctrinal confusion and the blurring of important categories even in evangelical circles, this new edition is welcome indeed.” -- Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

Author Bio

Herman Bavinck (1854-1921) succeeded Abraham Kuyper as Professor of Theology at the Free University of Amsterdam. With the recent translation into English of his four-volume Reformed Dogmatics there has been a renewed appreciation for this deeply intelligent mind committed to the importance of the church.