Bavinck, Bavinck, and More Bavinck
I am currently sitting on a train on my way to Amsterdam. It is a rainy day and according to forecasts it seems that this will be what the entire day will look like. That’s alright. Today I head to the Free University to explore some archival material of Herman Bavinck. To say that I am excited might be a bit of an understatement. Yesterday a friend sent me a piece in the archive that I was going to copy for my records and I started to get a little giddy. In front of me, on my computer screen, I saw the handwriting of Herman Bavinck. It was just notes that he had taken, but it was still pretty cool to see.
This time away in Kampen has been hard. I came in thinking I would get a lot more done than I currently have done. (Don’t get me wrong, I am getting a lot done.) Yet, even with all the challenges of being away from family, being away from the known, being thrown into the unknown and meeting new people, even with all that, this experience has been incredibly profitable. The opportunity to jump on a train, spend a day in Amsterdam, and explore the Bavinck archival items adds so much to the time here.
However, I think the most important thing that I am taking away from time in the Netherlands, is the interaction with fellow scholars. We don’t always agree with each other. We aren’t even studying in the same field. Nevertheless, being able to push each other in our research, asking each other questions that never even occurred to us as we researched, these are the invaluable contributions that this time offers me.
Well, my train has just about reached the station and I need to put my computer away for now. Keep your eyes open for some pictures of Amsterdam and maybe even some archival material.