Herman Bavinck en het 'vrouwenvraagstuk'. Religie als motivatie en inspiratie

  • Maarten Verkerk
  • Nienke Verkerk-Vegter
  • Hillie van de Streek


In this article we analyze the ideas of the ‘male feminist’ Herman Bavinck (1854- 1921). Bavinck was professor of theology in Kampen and Amsterdam (The Netherlands). He was one of the leaders of the so-called neo-calvinism that states that the person of Jesus Christ has to leave its mark on all areas of society. In 1918 Bavinck published a remarkable book about the position of women in society. In his view, the emancipation of women was even more important than the social question of the labour movement. Bavinck confronted himself extensively with the Christian, liberal and socialistic feminist movement. Based on the religious idea of the order of creation, he made room for female suffrage and participation of women in society by a theological legitimization.