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The Church Between Temple and Mosque: A Study of the Relationship between Christianity and Other Religions
Bavinck, Herman

The Church Between Temple and Mosque: A Study of the Relationship between Christianity and Other Religions

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In this influential posthumous masterpiece, Dutch missiologist J. H. Bavinck guides readers in a candid, eloquent, and eye-opening exploration of religion, revelation, and the distinctness of the Christian faith in the context of global religions.

Bavinck's five 'magnetic points' (cosmic relationship, religious norm, the riddle of existence, our craving for salvation, and our awareness of a supreme power) are a transformative rubric for bringing Christ to the world, including those identifying as religious "nones."

Now for the first time in hardcover, with a luminary introduction by Daniel Strange, a new generation of Christians, pastors, and theologians can benefit from J. H. Bavinck's must-read study of the contrast between Christianity and world religions.


J. H. Bavinck (1895-1964) was a Dutch pastor, theologian, and missionary to Indonesia. Nephew of Reformed theologian Herman Bavinck, he also served as a professor of missiology at the Free University of Amsterdam and the Theological School in Kampen. Some of his other works include An Introduction to the Science of Missions; Between the Beginning and the End; and Personality & Worldview.


Anything from the pen of J. H. Bavinck is important to read. This work is even more valuable for the western church then 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, Heart for the Gospel, Heart for the World: The Life and Thought of a Reformed Pioneer Missiologist, Johan Herman Bavinck, 1895-1964

Additional Information:

Cover: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 209
Publisher: Westminster Seminary Press
Publication Date: 2023