God, the Mind's Desire

Reference, Reason and Christian Thinking

God, the Mind's Desire

How can human discourse refer meaningfully to a transcendent God? Paul Janz's book reconfigures this fundamental problem of Christian thinking as a twofold demand for integrity--integrity of reason and integrity of transcendence. It centers around an original yet faithful re-reading of Kant's empirical realism. Drawing on MacKinnon, Bonhoeffer, Barth and Marion, Janz challenges recent rushes to obscurantism and radicalization and culminates in a convergence between Christology and epistemology within empirical reality.


"...a commendable achievement. It is a serious book that grapples with serious questions and refuses to settle for easy and fashionable answers." - William D. Wood

"The journey is worth the intellectual effort even if one disagrees with some of the paths taken and interpretive commentary along the way. The destination will be greeted with varying degrees of acclaim." Studies in Religion Jonathan R. Wilson, Acadia Divinity College

"His book provides an alternative to the obsurantism, radicalization, and anti-reason in many recent assessments of theological cognition while remaining alert to the hazards of traditional metaphysics. Finally, he offers a new way of understanding epistemology and christology which preserves the integrity of both of them." - Theology Digest

Review of the hardback: '… most lucidly argued throughout, frequently persuasive in its analysis of other writers, and profound and innovative in its conclusions … and which speaks of the author as well-read in both theology and philosophy and writes with the confidence of someone who has mastered the relevant literature'. Expository Times