Paradox Lost: Rediscovering the Mystery of God

Paperback | May 3, 2016

byRichard P. Hansen

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Too often the tensions and unanswerable questions of Scripture and the Christian life are seen as barriers to faith. In Paradox Lost, pastor and author Richard Hansen shows that they are exactly the opposite—indeed, God’s mysteries are one of the places where we may encounter him most closely.

In exchange for Enlightenment-based rationalism that can stunt spiritual imagination, Hansen invites readers to:

  • Discern that there is a hiddenness to God that can be inviting rather than threatening
  • Appreciate that God is far greater than we sometimes assume, and to adjust our mental maps to make more space for awe
  • Realize that faith and reason are not enemies but rather dance partners that complement one another

Hansen examines three kinds, or “orders,” of biblical paradox, each at a deeper level than the last, demonstrating for readers that paradox is both endemic to modern life and also a natural part of the landscape of Christian faith. Paradox Lost doesn’t seek to solve or justify paradox; instead, it looks through paradox toward what it reveals—namely a holy, mysterious, and awesome God.

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Too often the tensions and unanswerable questions of Scripture and the Christian life are seen as barriers to faith. In Paradox Lost, pastor and author Richard Hansen shows that they are exactly the opposite—indeed, God’s mysteries are one of the places where we may encounter him most closely.In exchange for Enlightenment-based rationa...

Richard P. Hansen (D.Min, Fuller Theological Seminary) is a longtime pastor and former missionary professor at Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He has written articles for Leadership Journal, Preaching, Books & Culture, and International Bulletin of Missionary Research and received study grants from both ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.4 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:May 3, 2016Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0310518385

ISBN - 13:9780310518389

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: A Strange Sort of Comfort: Rediscovering Paradox1. Where Have All the Flowers Gone?2. Newton's Apple 3. Fog4. Eagles and Hippos5. Bill Gates' Sunday Morning6. The Duke Humphrey LibraryPart II: Serious Playfulness: Paradoxes in Scripture1. Serious Playfulness2. Trying Harder?3. New Frames4. King Solomon's SwordPart III: The Tuning Fork: Paradoxes in Our Relationship with God5. The Tuning Fork6. Jesus and Jules Verne7. God is Love8. Job's Dilemma9. Pavlov's Dogs 10. The Two-Headed Monster11. An Intolerable Compliment Part IV: The Two Handles: Paradoxes in God's Being and in Ours12. The Two-Handled Auger13. A Hatred for Dirty Gray14. Pascal and the Human Paradox15. Would Jesus Sound Like John Wayne?16. Paul Harvey17. All for a Letter?Epilogue: How Mystery Nurtures Faith---Reclaiming Spiritual ImaginationAppendix 1: Questions About ParadoxAppendix 2: A Field Guide to Mystery

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Hansen is so at home with ideas about biblical paradox that we hardly notice before this book has entered way down deep into our thoughts and feelings about God. Hansen's meditations supply many splendid images which steer us clear of simplistic thinking about the life of faith. -- Dustin Ellington, , ecturer in New Testament, Justo Mwale University (Zambia)