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