"The liveliness, creativity, and rigor of Robert Jenson's thought and expression have made him one of the most stimulating theologians of the last half-century. . . Serves as a welcome introduction to Jenson's profound mind."
Toronto Journal of Theology
"A jewel of a work of philosophical theology. . . This is at once a profound work and a thoroughly readable one, which is a fairly rare feat in itself. . . Robert Jenson has given us a book whose arguments are remarkably clean and deep."
"Here are some rules for reading this 'little' book by Robert Jenson: Do not think of it as bedtime reading. Eliminate the word skim from your vocabulary. Rid yourself of the idea that philosophers and theologians are engaged in fundamentally different enterprises. Throw out the idea that human existence is unproblematic but that God's is a puzzle and can be understood only by reference to our own. Follow these rules, and this little book about the most basic aspects of human life will seem little no more."
F. LeRon Shults
"Anyone who reads this book carefully will never again be able to think about death, consciousness, freedom, reality, wickedness, or love in the same way. Just so, they will never again think the same way about their own thinking! Along the way, readers will gain new insights into the work of great theologians like Luther, Hegel, Edwards, and, of course, Robert Jenson himself."
"What a stimulating book! Seldom have I been provoked to scribble quite so many marginal notes. Taking a genuinely fresh look at human characteristics we tend merely to assume in our everyday conversation, Robert Jenson demonstrates that we quite literally do not know what we are talking about. And insofar as he succeeds in showing that we cannot even conceive fundamental aspects of our humanity without reaching well beyond ourselves (specifically, to our relationship to the triune God who made and sustains us), he decisively undercuts all reductionism. This slender volume is too probing and original to be a quick read, but it is gracefully even playfully written by a man who wears his considerable learning lightly. It richly repays careful attention. "
Robert Louis Wilken
"Known best for his many theological books, Robert Jenson is here caught musing in the study, as he walks out of a movie theater, in an art gallery, before an icon in a church, upon hearing terrible news of heartrending events and, like all of us, he reflects on the things that touch us most deeply: our own death, consciousness, freedom, what is real, wickedness, love. . . Jenson's mind makes stimulating company."