God is Simple
Today on Relentless Truth, John continues in Colossians as the Apostle Paul discusses unity, false teaching and how to walk by faith.
▼ Show Notes

This week we begin a series on the attributes of God. We start with Divine Simplicity. This episode will prompt the listener to think carefully about our use of language to describe God. You will be encouraged and uplifted as we walk through God’s attributes during this important series.

Theological Grammar

Classical Christian theism attempts to use language from nature and Scripture to describe a coherent doctrine of God. The English language, frankly, comes up short in our efforts to describe God, but our God-talk is important. Our grammar actually establishes a framework for our God-talk and for the theological proposals we do and do not consider sound.

The goal is not to comprehend God in some scientific sense or to dispel the mystery of His being. Instead, in our study we will insist on the absolute incomprehensibility of God as our classical theology forefathers did. Our theological grammar should preserve the integrity of the revealed mystery of God at precisely the point where human reason may be tempted to diminish it in an effort to render God more easily understood by us as humans.

Divine Simplicity

The primary doctrine that regulates our grammar in theology is divine simplicity. This doctrine goes back to the medieval period. Divine simplicity is simply the doctrine that says that God is without parts. There is one simple and spiritual being we call God. The simplicity of God is the most fundamental doctrinal grammar of divinity according to Anglican scholar, Peter Sanlon.

This doctrine isn’t a theological relic as it is described by some modern evangelicals. Some scholars conclude that the heresy that is prevalent in our churches and seminaries begins by being wrong on divine simplicity.

Listen for important truths that will enhance our thinking about God based on Scripture in this important series of Relentless Truth episodes.

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“Divine simplicity is simply the doctrine that says that God is without parts.”

John Warren