What does it mean for God to be the perfect being? How can we discuss individual attributes of God when God is simple–identical with his attributes and undivided in his essence? What are the consequences for the Christian life if we reject God’s impassibility? How do we interpret scripture when it says God repents? How can God be called jealous when jealousy in our experience is such a sinful attribute? Does the gospel and our assurance assume the classical view of God?
In this episode of the Credo podcast, Matthew Barrett is interviewed by Thor Madsen about his new book None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God. Barrett and Madsen discuss the modern domestication of God, God’s perfection, and the way God’s attributes all relate to one another.
This is a two-part interview. Listen to Part 1 where Jason Duesing interviews Matthew Barrett.
Thorvald B. Madsen (PhD, University of Aberdeen) has served at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary since 1999 and is currently Dean of Graduate Studies, PhD Program Director, and Professor of New Testament, Ethics and Philosophy. In addition to his role at Midwestern Seminary, he also serves as a Research Fellow in Christian Ethics for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Matthew Barrett is Associate Professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as the founder and executive editor of Credo Magazine. He is the author of several books, including None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God; 40 Questions About Salvation; God’s Word Alone: The Authority of Scripture; Reformation Theology: A Systematic Summary; Salvation by Grace, and Owen on the Christian Life. He is the host of the Credo podcast where he engages top theologians on the most important theological issues today.