From time to time I meet the objection that efforts to understand complex and mysterious doctrines in the Bible are unhelpful because they reduce mystery and therefore diminish wonder and worship.
There are at least two answers to this objection. The first is mine and the other is from Jonathan Edwards.
1. God is more honored by worship that rises from what we know about him than by worship that rises from what we don’t know about him.
There is something fishy about saying our wonder and worship are greater, the less we understand about God. One gets the impression that such “wonder” and “worship” are vague aesthetic feelings on the brink of a void, rather than what we meet in…