Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics: On Sale!!

Richard Muller’s Post-Reformed Reformation Dogmatics, one of the great works of Reformed theology, is on sale today. For that reason, I thought it would be good to share an excellent quote from this excellent resource. But first, let me mention the sales: Logos Bible Software is selling the digital 4-volume set for $63.99 (or $48 if you own Logos 10). WTSbookstore is selling the hardcover set for $140 (pre-order). Anyway, here’s a great section where Muller summarizes one aspect of knowing God:

God is not known through his essence—but “through his effects and his names, by which he wills to reveal his virtues to us.” The nature of God can be known, then, “according to the manner of divine Revelation, and the measure of our knowledge” and is to be discussed in terms of the name of God and in terms of the definition. The exposition of doctrine, moreover, proceeds on the premisses that whatever is said or predicated of God is not God himself—for God is ineffable—but rather what the human mind in its limitation can apprehend about God. Indeed, a distinction must be made between “comprehension” and “apprehension,” inasmuch as we cannot have an “adequate” idea of God in the sense that we know and understand God fully or are able “fully to describe” the divine perfections, but we can have “some imperfect or inadequate ideas of what surpasses our understanding and we can have “a full conviction that God hath those infinite perfections, which no creature can comprehend.” Thus, language about God proceeds cautiously, frequently according to a negative manner; as when God is called “incomprehensible” or “infinite.” These identifications of God are intended to “remove far from him the imperfections of creatures.”

Muller, Richard A., Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics: The Rise and Development of Reformed Orthodoxy;  Volume 3: The Divine Essence and Attributes (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2003), p. 165-166.

Shane Lems
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Hammond, WI, 54015

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