None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God

None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God

by Matthew Barrett, Fred Sanders

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Overview

"Matthew Barrett leads us to marvel at both how much and how little we know of God."--Tim Challies, blogger at challies.com; author of Visual Theology

For too long, Christians have domesticated God, bringing him down to our level as if he is a God who can be tamed. But he is a God who is high and lifted up, the Creator rather than the creature, someone than whom none greater can be conceived. If God is the most perfect, supreme being, infinite and incomprehensible, then certain perfect-making attributes must be true of him. Perfections like aseity, simplicity, immutability, impassibility, and eternity shield God from being crippled by creaturely limitations. At the same time, this all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-wise God accommodates himself, exhibiting perfect holiness, mercy, and love as he makes known who he is and how he will save us.

The attributes of God show us exactly why God is worthy of worship: there is none like him. Join Matthew Barrett as he rediscovers these divine perfections and finds himself surprised by the God he thought he knew.


"Matthew Barrett's excellent book lays out in clear, accessible terms what the biblical, historic, ecumenical doctrine of God is, why it matters, and why its abandonment by great swathes of the Protestant world is something that needs correction."--Carl R. Trueman, professor, Grove City College; author of Grace Alone

"Perhaps not since R. C. Sproul has there been a treatment of such deep theology with such careful devotion and accessibility. Read this book. And stagger."--Jared Wilson, director of content strategy, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; managing editor, For the Church; author of The Gospel-Driven Church

"The knowledge of God is the soil in which Christian piety flourishes. I am grateful for the publication of None Greater and pray it will be a source of growth in godliness among those captivated by its vision of God's supremacy."--Scott Swain, president and James Woodrow Hassell Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary-Orlando; author of Reformed Catholicity

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493417575
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 211,084
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Matthew Barrett (MDiv, PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the executive editor of Credo Magazine. He is the author of numerous books, including God's Word Alone, 40 Questions about Salvation, Reformation Theology, John Owen on the Christian Life, and Salvation by Grace. He is also the host of the Credo podcast where he talks with fellow theologians about the most important doctrines of the faith. He lives in Kansas City.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1.   Can We Know the Essence of God? Incomprehensibility    
2.   Can We Think God's Thoughts after Him? How the Creature Should (and Should Not) Talk about the Creator    
3.   Is God the Perfect Being? Why an Infinite God Has No Limitations    
4.   Does God Depend on You? Aseity    
5.   Is God Made Up of Parts? Simplicity    
6.   Does God Change? Immutability    
7.   Does God Have Emotions? Impassibility    
8.   Is God in Time? Timeless Eternity    
9.   Is God Bound by Space? Omnipresence    
10.   Is God All-Powerful, All-Knowing, and All-Wise? Omnipotence, Omniscience, and Omnisapience    
11.   Can God Be Both Holy and Loving? Righteousness, Goodness, and Love    
12.   Should God Be Jealous for His Own Glory? Jealousy and Glory   

Customer Reviews

None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
joshuadparker More than 1 year ago
Matthew Barrett’s None Greater: the Undomesticated Attributes of God (Baker Books, 2019) clearly articulates the standard “classical theism” of much of western theology’s and reformed theology’s history. Barrett’s work is a capable defense of the idea that god is “infinite in being and perfection, a completely pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or emotions, unchangeable, immensely vast, eternal, limitless, almighty, completely wise, completely holy, completely free, and completely absolute” (Westminster Confession of Faith §2.1, via the EPC)–in other words, the notion that god is entirely simple, without emotions, and timeless. Now, reading that may prompt a question in yourself: do I believe this of the Lord? Does this match the god I’ve encountered in Scripture? Is this who Jesus is? I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a committed classical theist; I haven’t done the research to be convinced one way or the other, and I’m still troubled by (a) god’s passibility and (b) how the divine and human natures correspond in the incarnation. Nevertheless, it’s unquestionable that this conception of god is the predominant conception among western theologians (though, among the laity I doubt) up until the last century or so, and it therefore has the weight of tradition behind it. Which is to say, discard at your own peril. Barrett explains and argues for the model well, and the argument is worth your consideration. The church exists for the purpose of the worship and glorification of god. Books such as this exist to equip the church to do so in spirit and in truth. Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers http://www.bakerbooks.com/bakerbooksbloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.
benhli38 More than 1 year ago
In perhaps one of the best known Christian songs says it the same way as Matthew Barrett does for this book. Chris Tomlins wrote for the pre-Chorus for the song God of This City, "There is no one like our God." So, what does this have to do with Barrett's book None Greater? Everything. God is unlike any other who pretends to be Him: There is no one like our God. I've had the greatest time reading this book and it has gotten me to see the God of this world, of this universe, is more powerful than a raging flood. If anyone has had the chance to see the power of flood waters at work knows the immense power of water. Times this by infinity and you have God's power all wrapped up. But here's the catch: no one on this planet alive understands God's power. God explains it to Job this way, "Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me. Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding...When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" (Job 38:2-7, New King James). In the same way Matthew Barrett does his best in showing the wild and woolly attributes of God. From showing us that God doesn't depend upon man, that God is more than the sum of the Father, The Holy Spirit, and the Son -- Jesus Christ, and the fact He never changes we get the point that God is far above and higher than us: He is to be revered a such. It is in this blogger's review of None Greater that I find this is a book worth reading and diving into. I received a complimentary cope of this book from Baker Books for a fair and objective review.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book was an incredible writing and very inspiring to read with that also will giving us to discovery and learning in to the deeper understanding what we are really know about God and to understand his work with in the proper path of theology by putting heart out side and being more doing follow in the right direction in every God word. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “I received complimentary a copy of this book from Baker Books Bloggers for this review “.