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The Mystery of God

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Argues that the "mystery of God" has a rightful place in theological discourse and considers its impact on a variety of theological issues and practices.How can I know God if he is incomprehensible? Is it possible to know God in...


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Argues that the "mystery of God" has a rightful place in theological discourse and considers its impact on a variety of theological issues and practices.How can I know God if he is incomprehensible? Is it possible to know God in a way that takes seriously the fact that he is beyond knowledge? Steven Boyer and Christopher Hall argue that the "mystery of God" has a rightful place in theological discourse. They contend that considering divine incomprehensibility invites reverence and humility in our thinking and living as Christians and clarifies a variety of theological topics.

The authors begin by investigating the biblical, historical, and practical foundations for understanding the mystery of God. They then spell out its implications for theological issues and practices such as the incarnation, salvation, and prayer, rooting knowledge of God in a concrete life of faith. Evangelical yet ecumenical, this book will appeal to theology students, pastors, church leaders, and all who want intellectual and practical guidance for knowing the unknowable God.Knowing the Unknowable God

"Mystery is one of the most overworked words in the Christian vocabulary, and yet it's essential whenever we dare to speak about the God who is, as Luther says, both hidden and revealed. This book is both an invitation to contemplation and an exercise in humility. Boyer and Hall bring together theology and spirituality in a way that will help both seasoned travelers and new pilgrims on the road of faith."
--Timothy George, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University; general editor, Reformation Commentary on Scripture

"Rightly understood, mystery is a powerful and liberating theological reality. Boyer and Hall skillfully explore the wonderful truth of mystery, employing such topics as the incarnation, salvation, and prayer as examples of how it works in the church's confession and practice. In these pages there is real wisdom."
--Kelly M. Kapic, Covenant College

"This is a welcome volume: a clearly written, insightful approach to a difficult theological topic. I especially appreciated--and learned from--its taxonomy of mysteries and its idea that as a theological category, mystery should be understood in revelational and dimensional terms. Those terms nicely clarify and thematize what's distinctive about a Christian understanding of mystery and do so in a way that will resonate with many of the book's readers."
--Kevin Hector, The University of Chicago Divinity School

"The Mystery of God is a refreshing challenge to evangelicals to reject rationalistic approaches to faith while at the same time learn humbly from the Great Tradition. Boyer and Hall mine riches from the fathers that will help their readers appreciate the beauty of the Triune God and the orthodox tradition in which he is found."
--Gerald R. McDermott, Roanoke College; coauthor, The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

"A fine Protestant theological treatment of mystery in theology is long overdue, and Boyer and Hall have provided it."
--Roger E. Olson, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor UniversitySteven D. Boyer (PhD, Boston University) is professor of theology at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. Christopher A. Hall (PhD, Drew University) is chancellor of Eastern University and dean of Palmer Theological Seminary in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, and has authored a number of books. He is an editor at large for Christianity Today and associate editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture series.Introduction
Part 1: The Sun
1. The Meaning of Mystery
2. The Necessity of Mystery
3. The History of Mystery
4. The Knowledge of Mystery
Part 2: The Landscape
5. The Mystery of the Trinity
6. The Incarnation
7. Mystery and Salvation
8. Mystery and the Life of Prayer
9. Mystery and World Religions
Epilogue: Seeking, Finding, and Seeking
Indexes

How can I know God if he is incomprehensible? Is it possible to know God in a way that takes seriously the fact that he is beyond knowledge? Steven Boyer and Christopher Hall argue that the "mystery of God" has a rightful place in theological discourse. They contend that considering divine incomprehensibility invites reverence and humility in our thinking and living as Christians and clarifies a variety of theological topics.

The authors begin by investigating the biblical, historical, and practical foundations for understanding the mystery of God. They then spell out its implications for theological issues and practices such as the incarnation, salvation, and prayer, rooting knowledge of God in a concrete life of faith. Evangelical yet ecumenical, this book will appeal to theology students, pastors, church leaders, and all who want intellectual and practical guidance for knowing the unknowable God.

-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 363328
  • Product Code 9781441240170
  • ISBN 1441240179
  • EAN 9781441240170
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category Systematic Theology
  • Publisher Baker Academic
  • Publication Date Nov 2012
  • DRM Adobe
  • Printable No
  • Size 1.41 MB (EPUB)

Christopher A Hall

Christopher A. Hall (Ph.D., Drew University) is Chancellor and Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Eastern University. His publications include Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers (InterVarsity Press, 1998); Learning Theology with the Church Fathers (InterVarsity Press, 2002); The Trinity (Eerdmans, 2002); Does God Have A Future (Baker, 2003), and is the editor of Ancient & Postmodern Christianity: Paleo-Orthodoxy in the 21st Century: Essays in Honor of Thomas C. Oden with Kenneth Tanner and the Ancient Christian Commentary Series (InterVarsity Press) to which he has contributed the award winning volume on Mark.
Most recently he has authored Worshiping with the Church Fathers (InterVarsity Press) and edited Homilies on Numbers (InterVarsity Press)
Koorong -Editorial Review.

  • How Can I Know God If He Is Incomprehensible? Is It Possible To Know God In A Way That Takes Seriously The Fact That He Is Beyond Knowledge? Steven Boyer And Christopher Hall Argue That The "mystery Of God" Has A Rightful Place In Theological Discourse. They Contend That Considering Divine Incomprehensibility Invites Reverence And Humility In Our Thinking And Living As Christians And Clarifies A Variety Of Theological Topics.<br> <br> The Authors Begin By Investigating The Biblical, Historical, And Practical Foundations For Understanding The Mystery Of God. They Then Spell Out Its Implications For Theological Issues And Practices Such As The Incarnation, Salvation, And Prayer, Rooting Knowledge Of God In A Concrete Life Of Faith. Evangelical Yet Ecumenical, This Book Will Appeal To Theology Students, Pastors, Church Leaders, And All Who Want Intellectual And Practical Guidance For Knowing The Unknowable God.

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