This longstanding question has been addressed by Christian theologians throughout the church’s history. Some, such as Thomas Aquinas, argued for the role of natural revelation. Others, including Karl Barth, emphasized the importance of God’s revelation in Jesus Christ and Scripture. Recent theological reflection has also explored the relationship between metaphysical and biblical approaches to the doctrine of God.
In this volume in IVP Academic’s Studies in Christian Doctrine and Scripture series, Steven J. Duby refuses to forgo either natural revelation or the particularities of Scripture in casting his own vision for answering the age-old question of how we might know God.
To know the only true God through Jesus Christ by the Spirit is eternal life (John 17:3). With the combination of deep and reverent scholarship that we have come to expect from him, Steve Duby seeks to retrieve the supreme object of Christian theology—God in himself—by rehabilitating topics like natural theology, metaphysics, and analogy for the practice of Christian theology. In doing so, Duby demonstrates how the proper coordination of these topics contributes to the supreme end of Christian theology, communion with the Holy Trinity. This is a masterful work of biblical, historical, philosophical, and dogmatic theology by a master theologian that deserves a wide readership.
—Scott R. Swain, president and James Woodrow Hassell Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando
Showing his characteristic depth, Duby articulates an insightful and profound recovery of classical Christian theism for constructive theology today. Keeping an eye on contemporary instincts, Duby mines the tradition to clarify misunderstanding, critique overreactions, and suggest ways to appropriate the wisdom of our tradition. I highly recommend it!
—Kyle Strobel, associate professor at Biola University, author of Formed for the Glory of God
This is a magisterial book; every Christian theologian should read it. With clarity and charity, Steven Duby cuts through the misunderstandings that have grown up around the doctrine of God. By the end of his book, the treasure of the God who reveals himself in Jesus Christ is shining forth with renewed brilliance, and our speech about him has been purified so as to be fully capable of praise. Duby accomplishes all this by drawing on the patristic and medieval traditions as received and engaged by Reformed thinkers, in conjunction with a broad mastery of modern philosophy, biblical exegesis, and theology. An amazing accomplishment!
—Matthew Levering, James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary
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Steven J. Duby (PhD, University of St Andrews) is associate professor of theology at Grand Canyon University. He is the author of Divine Simplicity: A Dogmatic Account. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Jodi, and their four children.