Herman Bavinck (1854?1921), a contemporary of Abraham Kuyper and B. B. Warfield, is best known for his four-volume magnum opus, Reformed Dogmatics (Gereformeerde Dogmatiek). In 1902, he succeeded Kuyper as chair of systematic theology in the Free University of Amsterdam. This excerpt is taken from ?The Origin, Essence, and Purpose of Man,? in Our Reasonable Faith (Compendium of Reformed Dogmatics, 1909).