Tuesday, April 9, 2019

None Greater: A Book Review

None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God
"God is someone than whom none greater can be conceived...What must be true of God if he is the most perfect being?" (10) This is the central question explored by Matthew Barrett in his recent book, None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God.

Throughout church history, men like Aquinas, Anselm, Augustine, John Calvin, Stephen Charnock, Herman Bavinck, as well as others, have written rich, Scripture saturated volumes on the character of God. Barrett has done the Church a great service by bringing his readers to this stream and bidding us drink from this classic teaching concerning God, making it all the more accessible to our generation. Far from being abstract, intellectual theology fit primarily for academia, this book is richly devotional and leads its readers to worship. Granted, there are times when such a grand topic exercises the mind a good deal, but Barrett has written with the lay person in mind, and those who climb to the summit with him will be rewarded with breathtaking views of our glorious God. I am pleased to give None Greater my highest commendation!

"...if we think about God, we should say to ourselves: 'This is not God; God is more than this: if I could conceive him, he were not God; for God is incomprehensibly above whatever I can say, whatsoever I can think and conceive of him' " (Stephen Charnock as quoted by Matthew Barrett, 40).

*Many thanks to Baker Books for providing me with a complimentary copy of None Greater! These are my honest thoughts.

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