Three Steps Toward Rightly Knowing the Doctrine of the Trinity

Jeremy Bouma on 3 months ago. Tagged under ,,,.

9780310491491_imageFred Sanders has an ambitious goal with his new book The Triune God: securing our knowledge of the triune God by rightly ordering the theological language with which we praise him.

To get us on toward rightly knowing the doctrine of the Trinity, Sanders outlines three crucial steps, which we’ve engaged below:

to grasp the entire two-Testament canon, to trace its unbroken narrative arc, and to recognize that arc as a self-communicative action with God as its source. (98)

Step 1: Construe Scripture as a Whole

Although space doesn’t permit a complete defense of canonical unity, Sanders spends enough time to show why construing Scripture as a whole is a necessary first step toward rightly knowing the doctrine of the Trinity:

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10 Principles You Need to Know about Trinitarian Dogmatics

Jeremy Bouma on 3 months ago. Tagged under ,,,,.

9780310491491_imageWhile celebrating Christ’s incarnation is fresh on our breath, it’s apt we contemplate the Trinity. After all, the God-with-us event is inherently Trinitarian: the Father gave the world his only-begotten Son, by the Holy Spirit.

Here to help is Fred Sanders with his new book The Triune God. In it he contends:

the manner of the Trinity’s revelation dictates the shape of the doctrine; it draws its dogmatic conclusions about how the doctrine should be handled on the basis of the way the Trinity was revealed. (19)

He offers an extensive set of dogmatics principles for Trinitarian exegesis to shepherd Trinitarian contemplation. They offer “systematic help for reconstructing the plausibility structures of biblical Trinitarianism” (19).

We’ve briefly shared those principles below to deepen your understanding of the triune God.

1) A Doxological Movement

When…

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[Common Places]: Pro-Nicene Theology: Theology and Economy in Scripture

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Our current series, Pro-Nicene Theology, offers doctrinal and exegetical entries to the key tenets of basic Trinitarian orthodoxy as developed in the early centuries of the church. For introduction to the series, see this first post.

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Image: detail from the Tree of Life by Pacino di Bonaguida (Florence, ca. 1305). Salvation history spread out in great detail, but centered on the cross.

In Lewis Ayres’s latest post in this series, he showed the use that Greek patristic theologians made of the terms theologia and oikonomia. The fathers reached for this pair of terms to make the crucial distinction between God’s own eternal nature, on the one hand, and…

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Turning the Mind to Doxology – An Excerpt from The Triune God by Fred Sanders

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Today’s excerpt is from The Triune God, the second volume in our New Studies in Dogmatics series. Within, Fred Sanders seeks to retrieve the riches of the classical doctrine of the Trinity for the sake of a contemporary evangelical audience.

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Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the9780310491491_image Holy Ghost! As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

The glory of God is from everlasting to everlasting, but while the praise of the Trinity will have no end, it had a beginning. There was never a time when God was not glorious as Father, as Son, and as Holy Spirit. But there was a time when that singular…

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[Common Places] Pro-Nicene Theology: Eternal Generation Exegetically Considered

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Our current series, Pro-Nicene Theology, offers doctrinal and exegetical entries to the key tenets of basic Trinitarian orthodoxy as developed in the early centuries of the church. For introduction to the series, see this first post.

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[Image (attached): Detail from the Stammheim Missal (Germany, 1170s). God summons Moses: “Come, I send you.” Moses replies, “Send who you will send” (Ex. 3:10, 4:13).

When in the course of theological events Christians have wanted to make their confession of the identity of Jesus Christ clear and definite, they have usually taken recourse to the doctrine of his eternal generation.

The relation…

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A New Approach to Atonement Theory, Contra Typological or Combinational

Jeremy Bouma on 1 year ago. Tagged under ,,,.

Locating Atonement, Edited by Oliver Crisp and Fred SandersA decade ago, two theologians controversially suggested some atonement theories border on “cosmic child abuse.” A few years later, another offered a more congenial, but no less forceful, communal approach to atonement doctrine debates.

Both perspectives represent a new groundswell of attention toward this ancient doctrine, and also something of a sea-change. Because as Oliver Crisp and Fred Sanders point out in their new edited volume, Locating Atonement, rather than producing particular models or accounts, “modern literature has been directed toward denying that there is any single account or model” that completely or adequately explains Christ’s work. (13)

We could categorize this modern Quest for the Historic Atonement as both typological and combinational. Yet…

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[Common Places] New Voices for Theology: Wesley Hill’s “Paul and the Trinity”

Fred Sanders on 2 years ago. Tagged under ,,,.

paul_trinityTaking the long view of things, the Christian doctrine of God has had a strange career.

It took its classic, trinitarian form as the early church’s interpretation of Scripture, with theologians intentionally developing hermeneutical constructions and elaborating reading strategies that would do justice to the things they read in the apostolic texts. It was a Bible doctrine. Sure, it was sharpened against the whetstone of heresy, and partly paraphrased into an eclectic philosophical vocabulary, but fundamentally it was an effort to say what was known about God from Scripture.

But over the past few centuries the field of biblical studies has won independence from other theological disciplines, and along the way it has carefully developed its own methods and…

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What Is Trinitarian Theology For? (Excerpt from “Advancing Trinitarian Theology”)

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What is trinitarian theology for? How does it function in systematic theology?

Read below as Fred Sanders explores the question by tracing the “visual arguments” of the medieval master craftsman, Eilbertus of Cologne.

This is selected from Sanders’ essay “What Trinitarian Theology is For: Placing the Doctrine of the Trinity in Christian Theology and Life,” found within Advancing Trinitarian Theology, which is edited by Oliver D. Crisp and Fred Sanders.

Advancing Trinitarian TheologyThe church of St. Servatius in Siegburg, Germany, has a treasure room full of medieval art and relics. Among the artifacts is a portable altar crafted around the year 1160 by the workshop of Eilbertus of Cologne. [1] Eilbertus was a master craftsman of Romanesque metalwork…

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Extracurricular Activities 1.3.15 — The Law of Moses, Robert Alter, Moses Myth?

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Justin Taylor Interviews David Dorsey on The Law of Moses and the Christian

A Q&A summary with David Dorsey’s essay, “The Law of Moses and the Christian: A Compromise,” JETS 34 (1991): 321-34:

What was the purpose or design of the law of Moses?

The corpus was designed to regulate the lives of a people living in the distinctive geographical and climatic conditions found in the southern Levant, and many of the regulations are inapplicable, unintelligible, or even nonsensical outside that regime. The corpus was designed by God to regulate the lives of a people whose cultural milieu was that of the ancient Near East. Fred Sanders on ““All the Prophets Proclaimed These Days” of Acts 3

In Acts 3, near the end of his sermon in Solomon’s Portico, Peter says that “all the prophets, as many as have…

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Do You Know How Trinitarian Theology Impacts the Bible’s Story? — An Excerpt from “Advancing Trinitarian Theology”

Jeremy Bouma on 2 years ago. Tagged under ,,,.

9780310517092Let’s be honest: Sometimes we forget what trinitarian theology is for.

Yes, we believe in it. We teach it and preach it. But do we understand how it should guide our theology and ministry?

That’s one of the goals of the new book Advancing Trinitarian Theology, a collection of the papers presented at the Los Angeles Theology Conference. The book is meant to retrieve this crucial Christian doctrine and help it guide us once again.

One of the ways the Trinity guides is by promoting the health and balance of Christian theology, which we explored earlier this week. In this introductory essay, Fred Sanders outlines the benefits of trinitarian theology, one of which is it’s impact on our telling…

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New Releases Today—Advancing Trinitarian Theology & New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis Set

Jeremy Bouma on 2 years ago. Tagged under ,,,,,.

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This fall sees the release of several informative, engaging, challenging titles that will enhance and equip your teaching and ministry.

Two of those titles release soon. Here’s a quick overview:

1) New International Dictionary Of New Testament Theology And Exegesis, Revised Edition

A standard and widely-used reference work for nearly 40 years, the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis has been thoroughly revised and updated, offering a wealth of background and information on the meaning of NT Greek words—as well as related usage in classical Greek sources, the Septuagint, Jewish literature, and more. It is alphabetically arranged according to Greek words instead of previous order according to English topics. NIDNTTE includes nearly 800 entries covering over 3,000 Greek words, an expansion from the previous edition. Discussions have been revised to be in line with modern scholarship and bibliographies…

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Extracurricular Activities 10.11.14 — The Trinity, New Testament Texts, & Catholic Reformers

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Fred Sanders: The Trinity’s Irrelevance & Relevance to the Christian Life

I was excited when Kyle Strobel and Kent Eilers invited me to write the Trinity chapter in their book Sanctified by Grace: A Theology of the Christian Life (Bloomsbury / T&T Clark, 2014), and I’m more excited now that the book is in print. I described the whole book briefly in a recent post, and in this post I want to share a little of the chapter I wrote for the project…

I try to highlight how wonderfully odd it is to start a doctrine of the Christian life with sustained attention to the Trinity. Under a subhead that I hope was my own composition and not the editors’, the chapter addresses “the glorious irrelevance of the immanent Trinity.” There I argue that…

Larry Hurtado Explores New Testament…

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