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READ & DOWNLOAD ´ Two Views on the Doctrine of the Trinity ´ The doctrine of the Trinity stands front and center of the Christian faith and its articulation After a sustained drought of trinitarian engagement the doctrine of the Trinity has increasingly resurged to the forefront of Evangelical confession The second half ofIty prompting a careful and thorough re reading of sources and bringing about not only a much coherent view of early trinitarian development but also a strong critiue of relational trinitarian offerings Yet confusion remains As Evangelicals get better at articulating the doctrine of the Trinity and as the current and next generation of believers in various Christian traditions seek to be trinitarian the way forward for trinitarian theology has to choose between the relational and classical model both being legitimate optionsIn this volume leadi. The structure of the book is excellent It’s four theologians each providing an essay on their determination of the true meaning and value of the Trinity After each essay the other three theologians provide their critiues followed by the original authors’ responseThe trouble with this particular book is the four authors all come from western Christianity Additionally the authors are divided up into traditional vs “radical” theology but all of them are arguing that each of their opinions can be traced to traditional church belief On top of that the first two authors start their arguments by warning against the dangers of “relationalsocial Trinitarianism” and modern theologies like it That would be fine but none of the four writers claimed to represent that so it was confusing to read about such an important topic without better and wider representation

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The doctrine of the Trinity stands front and center of the Christian faith and its articulation After a sustained drought of trinitarian engagement the doctrine of the Trinity has increasingly resurged to the forefront of Evangelical confession The second half of the twentieth century however saw a different kind of trinitarian theology developing giving way to what has commonly been referred to as the 'social Trinity'Social or better relational trinitarianism has garnered a steady reaction from those holding to a classical doctrine of the Trin. Here’s a volume in the Zondervan’s popular Counterpoints series Because a proponent of each view presented debates others of varying viewpoints these volumes can be particularly effective A single author often has trouble fairly presenting opposing views but here every chapter is presented by someone who strongly believes in the position described Knowing that others will debate every point keeps each contributor on his or her toesThis book describes two views on the doctrine of the Trinity classical Trinity and relational Trinity Each of those viewpoints is divided yet again by two contributors who hold slightly different perspectives within the model The only thing that strikes me as odd about this volume as compared to others of its type that I have seen is that the four contributors Stephen R Holmes Paul D Molnar Thomas H McCall and Paul S Fiddes are not that far apart in what they believe If you have not been deeply immersed in Trinitarian debate the differences in these four contributors may almost seem like splitting hairs Fortunately there’s a lot to learn by working through their interactionsThe style is the same as the others in the series First a contributor presents his perspective the other three contributors offer responses and the original contributor gives a final rejoinder It’s a uite fair method as every contributor gets to give the last word on his own perspective The general editor Jason S Sexton also gives a 10 page conclusion reflecting on what was presented For the most part this is just a nice summary Additionally there’s a glossary which can be uite helpful as this subject has a lot of specialized vocabularyUsually when I peruse one of these volumes I find myself gravitating most closely to one of the presenters but in this case I agreed with great portions of all four of them That’s not to say that they don’t disagree on a few points but they are an essential agreement about the importance and main facts of the TrinityThough it’s a little different than what I expected I still found it to be an overall nice resource well worth consulting if you are tackling the doctrine of the TrinityI received this book free from the publisher I was not reuired to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR Part 255

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Two Views on the Doctrine of the TrinityNg contributors one evangelical and one mainlinecatholic representing each view establish their models and approaches to the doctrine of the Trinity each highlighting the strengths of his view in order to argue how it best reflects the orthodox perspective In order to facilitate a genuine debate and to make sure that the key issues are teased out each contributor addresses the same uestions regarding their trinitarian methodology doctrine and its implicationsContributors include Stephen R Holmes; Paul D Molnar; Thomas H McCall; and Paul S Fidde. I think this book should be titled four views rather than two The division between classical and relational perspectives is somewhat superficial and misleadingly conflates the positions of each scholar The editor admits that the two fold division is of limited value so this is not a strong criticism as much as I intend it to be a modest observation The book is actually uite enjoyable The perspectives are not as divergent as would be possible given the current state of scholarship but the aim is not exhaustive as much as to provide dialogue on some current options in Trinitarian theology The particular strength of this book in my opinion is that every author explicitly touched on the traditional terms that have come into play for Trinitarian doctrine the metaphysical simplicity of God's being and the trinity of persons in the Godhead The doctrine of simplicity has reemergence in recent years as an important philosophical component This has tempered some of the radical claims of so called social trinitarians a group which all four contributors to this book take joy in criticizing except Paul Fiddes who despite distancing himself from them is a bit gentler in his criticisms Seeing how each theologian articulates the role of the doctrine of simplicity in Trinitarian doctrine was illuminating and their responses to each others' essays increased the value I hope no one would read this and decide thereby to ignore the representatives of the social Trinity Despite the merit of some criticisms people like Jürgen Moltmann deserve careful attention This volume offers excellent essays from diverse perspectives and so provides a helpful vantage on some current options in Trinitarian theology