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Paradox Lost: Rediscovering the Mystery of God

Richard P Hansen

Paradox Lost: Rediscovering the Mystery of God

Richard P Hansen

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"If you've ever wondered how human free will and the will of God can coexist, or how any number of apparent 'contradictions' in the Bible can be resolved, here are your answers."

- DAVID WINTER, Hon. Canon of Christ Church, Oxford; former Head of Religious Broadcasting, BBC


Too often the tensions and unanswerable questions of Scripture and the Christian life are seen as barriers to faith. In Paradox Lost, pastor and author Richard Hansen shows that they are exactly the opposite-indeed, God's mysteries are one of the places where we may encounter him most closely.

In exchange for Enlightenment-based rationalism that can stunt spiritual imagination, Hansen invites readers to:

  • Discern that there is a hiddenness to God that can be inviting rather than threatening
  • Appreciate that God is far greater than we sometimes assume, and to adjust our mental maps to make more space for awe
  • Realize that faith and reason are not enemies but rather dance partners that complement one another

Hansen examines three kinds, or "orders," of biblical paradox, each at a deeper level than the last, demonstrating for readers that paradox is both endemic to modern life and also a natural part of the landscape of Christian faith. Paradox Lost doesn't seek to solve or justify paradox; instead, it looks through paradox toward what it reveals-namely a holy, mysterious, and awesome God.

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"If you've ever wondered how human free will and the will of God can coexist, or how any number of apparent 'contradictions' in the Bible can be resolved, here are your answers."

- DAVID WINTER, Hon. Canon of Christ Church, Oxford; former Head of Religious Broadcasting, BBC


Too often the tensions and unanswerable questions of Scripture and the Christian life are seen as barriers to faith. In Paradox Lost, pastor and author Richard Hansen shows that they are exactly the opposite-indeed, God's mysteries are one of the places where we may encounter him most closely.

In exchange for Enlightenment-based rationalism that can stunt spiritual imagination, Hansen invites readers to:

  • Discern that there is a hiddenness to God that can be inviting rather than threatening
  • Appreciate that God is far greater than we sometimes assume, and to adjust our mental maps to make more space for awe
  • Realize that faith and reason are not enemies but rather dance partners that complement one another

Hansen examines three kinds, or "orders," of biblical paradox, each at a deeper level than the last, demonstrating for readers that paradox is both endemic to modern life and also a natural part of the landscape of Christian faith. Paradox Lost doesn't seek to solve or justify paradox; instead, it looks through paradox toward what it reveals-namely a holy, mysterious, and awesome God.


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Too often the tensions and unanswerable questions of Scripture and the Christian life are seen as barriers to faith. In Paradox Lost, pastor and author Richard Hansen shows that they are exactly the opposite-indeed, God's mysteries are one of the places where we may encounter him most closely.

In exchange for Enlightenment-based rationalism that can stunt spiritual imagination, Hansen invites readers to:

  • Discern that there is a hiddenness to God that can be inviting rather than threatening
  • Appreciate that God is far greater than we sometimes assume, and to adjust our mental maps to make more space for awe
  • Realize that faith and reason are not enemies but rather dance partners that complement one another

Hansen examines three kinds, or "orders," of biblical paradox, each at a deeper level than the last, demonstrating for readers that paradox is both endemic to modern life and also a natural part of the landscape of Christian faith. Paradox Lost doesn't seek to solve or justify paradox; instead, it looks through paradox toward what it reveals-namely a holy, mysterious, and awesome God.


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Table Of Contents

  • :introductionpart I: A Strange Sort Of Comfort: Rediscovering Paradox1.where Have All The Flowers Gone?2.newton?s Apple 3.fog4.eagles And Hippos5.bill Gates? Sunday Morning6.the Duke Humphrey Librarypart Ii: Serious Playfulness: Paradoxes In Scripture1.serious Playfulness2.trying Harder?3.new Frames4.king Solomon?s Swordpart Iii: The Tuning Fork: Paradoxes In Our Relationship With God5.the Tuning Fork6.jesus And Jules Verne7.god Is Love8.job?s Dilemma9.pavlov?s Dogs 10.the Two-headed Monster11.an Intolerable Compliment Part Iv: The Two Handles: Paradoxes In God?s Being And In Ours12.the Two-handled Auger13.a Hatred For Dirty Gray14.pascal And The Human Paradox15.would Jesus Sound Like John Wayne?16.paul Harvey17.all For A Letter?epilogue: How Mystery Nurtures Faith---reclaiming Spiritual Imaginationappendix 1: Questions About Paradoxappendix 2: A Field Guide To Mystery

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  • Catalogue Code 434146
  • Product Code 9780310518389
  • ISBN 0310518385
  • EAN 9780310518389
  • UPC 025986518387
  • Pages 224
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Christ
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date May 2016
  • Sales Rank #45238
  • Dimensions 213 x 139 x 15 mm
  • Weight 0.204kg

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