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General Biblical Principles and the Relevance of Concrete Mosaic Law for the Social Question Today (1891)

Herman Bavinck


The creation of human beings is to be distinguished from that of other creatures in a number of significant ways. It is preceded and introduced by a solemn declaration of God (Gen. 1:26) and receives its location from the deliberate formation of the human body from the dust of the earth while the breath of life is breathed into his nostrils from above (Gen. 2:7). The result is that the human person is the image and likeness of God. Human destiny accords with this origin.

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