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The Mystery of God

Theology for Knowing the Unknowable

by Chris Hall

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.

2012

Recommendations

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

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