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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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