God in Himself

Scripture, Metaphysics, and the Task of Christian Theology

Studies in Christian Doctrine and Scripture

by Steven J. Duby

God in Himself
  • Length: 400 pages
  • Published: December 31, 2019
  •  Forthcoming
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-4884-3
  • Item Code: 4884
  • Case Quantity: 24

How do we know God? Can we know God as he is in himself?

These longstanding questions have been addressed by Christian theologians throughout the church's history. Some, such as Thomas Aquinas, have argued that we know God through both natural and supernatural revelation, while others, especially Karl Barth, have argued that we know God only on the basis of the incarnation. Contemporary discussions of these issues sometimes give the impression that we have to choose between a speculative doctrine of God driven by natural theology or metaphysics and a Christ-centered doctrine of God driven by God's work in the history of salvation.

In this volume in IVP Academic's Studies in Christian Doctrine and Scripture series, Steven J. Duby casts a vision for integrating natural theology, the incarnation, and metaphysics in a Christian description of God in himself.

"A seminal work and one of the most compelling restatements of the classical Reformed doctrine of God provided in a generation. This learned work engages with both the Thomistic and Barthian theological legacies simultaneously, while also navigating core challenges from Kantian and analytic philosophical traditions. God, analogy, the immanent Trinity, and the Incarnation are all discussed with sophistication and judicious discernment. This book can serve as a touchstone and exemplar for future projects in Reformed Thomistic thought."

Thomas Joseph White, Thomistic Institute, Angelicum, Rome

"Steven Duby has written a lovely book! He writes with a pastor's heart, showing with great insight the importance of God in Himself in the life of the disciple and for a pilgrim theology. We have much to learn, following Duby's lead, from this neglected but altogether crucial teaching."

Christopher Holmes, associate professor of systematic theology and head of the theology program, University of Otago

"This is a magisterial book; every Christian theologian should read it. With clarity and charity, Steven Duby cuts through the misunderstandings that have grown up around the doctrine of God. By the end of his book, the treasure of the God who reveals himself in Jesus Christ is shining forth with renewed brilliance, and our speech about him has been purified so as to be fully capable of praise. Duby accomplishes all this by drawing on the patristic and medieval traditions as received and engaged by Reformed thinkers, in conjunction with a broad mastery of modern philosophy, biblical exegesis, and theology. An amazing accomplishment!"

Matthew Levering, James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary


Series Introduction
1. Theologia within the Divine Economy
2. "Preparation for the School of Grace": The Role of Natural Theology
3. Incarnation in Context: Christology's Place in Theology Proper
4. Theology and Metaphysics Revisited
5. "To whom will you compare me?" Retrieving the (Right) Doctrine of Analogy
Author Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index


Steven J. Duby (PhD, University of St Andrews) is associate professor of theology at Grand Canyon University. He is the author of Divine Simplicity: A Dogmatic Account. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Jodi, and their three children.

BY Steven J. Duby

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