Review: None Greater

None Greater

Barrett, Matthew. “None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God,” Baker, Grand Rapids, MI: 2019. 283 pages. $16.99

I recently had the privilege of reviewing Matthew Barrett‘s book “None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God” thanks to the good folks at Baker Publishing.

Over the past couple of years there has been a lot of commotion in the evangelical world regarding the Doctrine of God or Theology Proper. Some of the issues dealt with the doctrine of the Trinity and yet others had to do with the attributes of God. In my own studies, I began to see the importance of what is known as Classical Theism, which this book seeks to promote and defend.

Theology can be intimidating. Weighty concepts and challenging terminology can make it difficult for people to take an interest. Thankfully, Barrett weaves personal anecdotes into the teachings and provides helpful tables to make Theology Proper more attainable. Some parts of the book may still pose a challenge for those new to the study of theology, but he presents the subject matter in a thoughtful and accessible way.

The first three chapters captivated me. Barrett writes on the incomprehensibility of God, the analogical nature of our knowledge of God, and God’s infinite and unlimited perfections. He continues with chapters on aseity, simplicity, immutability, impassibility, and eternity (chapters 6 and 7 on immutability and impassibility are of special importance due to the aforementioned controversy surrounding “modified” Classical Theism). The following two chapters deal with God’s omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience, and omnisapience; and the book closes by covering the righteousness, goodness, love, jealousy, and glory of God.

This is an important book that I heartily recommend. Barrett seeks to reclaim Classical Theism from contemporary obscurity and bring it to bear on the hearts and minds of 21st century Christians. His efforts to help laypeople understand immensely significant doctrine is commendable. The way in which he relates with the reader through story is winsome and pastoral, and I hope to imitate this kind of affable instruction in my own interaction with others in the future.

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Effective December 1, 2009, Federal Trade Commission guidelines state that bloggers receiving any kind of compensation should disclose that information clearly on their blog when posting a review of the product… that being said: I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THE BOOK.

 

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Westminster Wednesday

THE WESTMINSTER LARGER CATECHISM

What Man Ought to Believe Concerning God…

Question 7:

Q. What is God?

A. God is a Spirit (John 4:24), in and of himself infinite in being (Ex. 3:14; Job 11:7–9), glory (Acts 7:2), blessedness (1 Tim. 6:15), and perfection (Matt. 5:48); all-sufficient (Gen. 17:1), eternal (Ps. 90:2), unchangeable (Mal. 3:6), incomprehensible (1 Kings 8:27), every where present (Ps. 139:1–13), almighty (Rev. 4:8), knowing all things (Heb. 4:13; Ps. 147:5), most wise (Rom. 16:27), most holy (Isa. 6:3; Rev. 15:4), most just (Deut. 34:2), most merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth (Ex. 34:6).

 

QUESTION 6

 

THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH

Chapter I: Of the Holy Scripture

VII. All things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all: yet those things which are necessary to be known, believed, and observed for salvation are so clearly propounded, and opened in some place of Scripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient understanding of them.

 

ARTICLE 6

 

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The Glory of the Gospel

THE GLORY OF THE GOSPEL

“Our all-wise and infinitely blessed Lord, who had from everlasting riches of glorious perfections of holiness, justice, wisdom, mercy in him, which though he himself knew and was infinitely blessed in the knowledge of them, though no saint or angel had ever been, or over knew them, yet all these his glorious perfections being crowned with goodness, both made him willing to make known what riches of glory were in him unto some creatures which yet were in Christ, his goodness moved him to it… This act him upon some ways to make known his riches and his glory to some that should be made happy by it, and to that end he would have saints be his saints, as being beloved of him, unto whom he might as it were unbosom himself and display all the riches of glory which are in him, into whose laps he might withal pour out all his riches, that they might see his glory, and be glorified in seeing of it.” (Thomas Goodwin)

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Trinity Tuesday

THE DIVINE TRINITY

“The Eternal Being reveals Himself in His triune existence even more richly and vitally than in His attributes. It is in this holy trinity that each attribute of His Being comes into its own, so to speak, gets its fullest content, and takes on its profoundest meaning. It is only when we contemplate this trinity that we know who and what God is. Only then do we know, moreover, who God is and what He is for lost man-kind. We can know this only when we know and confess Him as the Triune God of the Covenant, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” (Herman Bavinck)

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Of Doctrine and Delight

OF DOCTRINE AND DELIGHT

“Doctrine is the foundation of true delight. And if we do not get our doctrine of God right, we will destroy the foundations of delight. Joy may flourish for a generation when the root is severed, but in the end, delight in God will die without true doctrine. And both means of glorifying–seeing and savoring–God will vanish.” (John Piper)

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Trinity Tuesday

TRINITARIAN MISSION THEOLOGY

“Not only is the ministry of the Son grounded in the love and commission of the Father, the ministry of Jesus’ followers is grounded in the love and commission of Jesus. What is more, by virtue of Jesus’ close relationship with both the Father on the one hand and the Spirit on the other, believers’ ministry is rooted also in the unity of Father, Son, and Spirit among one another. This does not obliterate all distinctions of role or authority. Just as Jesus is the Son who does the bidding of the Father who sent him, so his followers are to pursue their mission in total dependence on the Son and under the direction of the Holy Spirit. In the end, Father, Son, and Spirit are shown to provide redemption and revelation to a community that is itself sent on a redemptive and revelatory mission.” (Andreas Köstenberger)

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