How do human beings today receive divine revelation? Where and in what ways is it mediated so that all generations can hear the fullness of the gospel? In Engaging the Doctrine of Revelation, distinguished theologian Matthew Levering shows that divine revelation has been truthfully mediated through the church, the gospel, and Scripture so that we can receive it in its fullness today.
Levering engages past and present approaches to revelation across a variety of traditions, offering a comprehensive, historical study of all the key figures and perspectives. His thorough analysis results in an alternative approach to prevailing views of the doctrine and points to its significance for the entire church.
“Engaging the Doctrine of Revelation possesses all of the qualities that readers have come to expect from the work of one of the liveliest contemporary theologians: wide historical learning, theological discrimination, clarity of thought, and spiritual vigor.” – John Webster, University of St. Andrews
“An extended argument against the thesis of the ‘ecclesiastical fall,’ according to which the pristine revelation offered in Jesus Christ has been distorted by an all-too-human church incapable of bearing it….Anyone interested in the issues of revelation, inspiration, ecclesiology, biblical hermeneutics, and Trinitarian theology ought to read this searching, thoroughly researched, and beautifully written study.” – Fr. Robert Barron, Mundelein Seminary
“A powerful and consistent case for the faithfulness of the mediation of divine revelation in Scripture and the church.” – Hans Boersma, Regent College
“A stunning tour d’horizon of the intense and varied discussion on the mediation of revelation through Church and Scripture….A ‘must read’ for anyone who wants to understand what is theologically at stake and under dispute when one engages the doctrine of revelation today.” – Reinhard Hütter, Duke Divinity School
Matthew Levering (PhD, Boston College) is the Perry Family Foundation Professor of Theology at Mundelein Seminary, University of Saint Mary of the Lake, in Mundelein, Illinois. He previously taught at the University of Dayton. Levering is the author of numerous books, including The Theology of Augustine and Ezra & Nehemiah in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible, and is the coauthor of Holy People, Holy Land. He serves as coeditor of the journals Nova et Vetera and the International Journal of Systematic Theology and has served as Chair of the Board of the Academy of Catholic Theology since 2007.