Mystery of God, The: Theology for Knowing the Unknowable

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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...

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Overview

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 University

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Boyer, (theology, Eastern Univ.) and Hall (chancellor, Eastern Univ., & dean, Palmer Theological Seminary) begin by asserting that God is necessarily mystery, then continue by giving a history of the concept of divine mystery, and finally discuss ways that humans can know and come to terms with divine mystery. The authors explore the concept of mystery as it relates to doctrines of Trinity, incarnation, and salvation, concluding with chapters on mystery and a life of prayer, and on mystery and world religions. They seek a middle path between rationalism and faith; throughout they reveal themselves to be evangelical Christians extraordinarily cognizant of the great Christian traditions from the desert fathers and mothers to the Greek and Latin Church fathers to leading monastics (East and West), scholastics, reformers, modernists, and postmodernists. VERDICT Theologians and philosophers as well as clergy and well-educated laity—including mainstream Christians interested in how God can be known and yet remain mystery—and those seeking deeper faith, in accord with certain aspects of modernism and postmodernism, may find this splendid book challenging, accessible, and rewarding.—Carolyn M. Craft, emerita, Longwood Univ., Farmville, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801027734
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 786,909
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven D. Boyer (PhD, Boston University) is professor of theology at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. Christopher A. Hall (PhD, Drew University) is distinguished professor of theology and director of academic spiritual formation at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He has authored a number of books, is an editor at large for Christianity Today, and is associate editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture.

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Table of Contents

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

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