How Do Catholics and Protestants Disagree over Scripture & Tradition?
In 1994, leading Catholic and Evangelical leaders signed the document “Evangelicals and Catholics Together,” affirming their common faith and common mission on the eve of the third millennium.
Five years later, mainline Lutherans and the Catholic Church similarly came together to bury the hatchet, as it were, in their “Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.”
While such ecumenical endeavors are encouraging, do they belie the real differences that exist between Protestants and Catholics? If so, what are they, and why are they significant?
The Unfinished Reformation brings clarity to these questions by examining what unites and divides these two dominant Christian groups. Theologian Gregg Allison and pastor Chris Castaldo take a nuanced and thoughtful look at the doctrines and practices of Protestants and Catholics so both groups can have…
How Scripture Reveals God – An Excerpt From I (Still) Believe
Can serious academic study of the Bible become threatening to one’s faith? I (Still) Believe answers this question with a resounding “Far from it!” Faith enhances study of the Bible and, reciprocally, such study enriches a person’s faith. With this in mind, this book asks prominent Bible teachers and scholars to tell their story reflecting on their own experiences at the intersection of faith and serious academic study of the Bible.
In today’s excerpt, R. W. L. (Walter) Moberly (Professor of Theology and Biblical Interpretation, Durham University) shares how his faith journey is intertwined with his work as a biblical scholar.
My professional life as a biblical scholar at Durham has been a continuing process of learning, trying to find categories and frames of reference that…
Engage the Resurgence of the Doctrine of the Trinity Using This Book
(Can’t see the video? Watch it here)
Recently, there’s been a resurgence regarding the doctrine of the Trinity. Jason Sexton, editor of the new Two Views of the Doctrine of the Trinity, comments:
Really, we’ve experienced the absence of a lot of trinitarian engagement in the wider evangelical tradition in the twentieth century. Of late there’s been a resurgence of engagement with the doctrine of the Trinity. It seems like the Trinity is everywhere, whereas it’s been missing.
Why is the Trinity returning to prominence? Sexton points to several factors. And what are the different models people are using to articulate their views? The book outlines four positions that fit within two broad views: classical and relational trinitarianism.
This resurgence will benefit from this book. Because, as Sexton goes on to explain, “there is really no book that’s bringing…
How Does the Doctrine of the Trinity Relate to Scripture, Tradition, & Mission — An Excerpt from “Two Views of the Doctrine of the Trinity”
On Tuesday, we released an important new book I expect will encourage evangelicals, among others, to consider the language and place we give to the doctrine of the Trinity. It is called Two Views of the Doctrine of the Trinity, and it’s meant to resource the recent revival of interest in this oft overlooked doctrine by presenting two of its dominate views: the classical and the relational views.
(If you haven’t already, you can read my column outlining the book’s four positions)
Today we offer this excerpt from editor Jason Sexton. In his closing thoughts he reflects on three areas in this doctrine which beckon further exploration: the relationship of the doctrine of the Trinity to Scripture, to the tradition, and to the church’s mission.
Read Sexton’s thoughts to consider how this important doctrine connects to the Bible,…
Exploring Two Views on the Doctrine of the Trinity: Classical and Relational
It is the doctrine of the Trinity which fundamentally distinguishes the Christian doctrine of God as Christian… (CD, I/1, 346)
So wrote Karl Barth on the centrality of the Trinity to the Christian faith. A recent book agrees with Barth’s assessment. In Two Views of the Doctrine of the Trinity, editor Jason S. Sexton says, “The doctrine of the Trinity stands front and center of the Christian faith and its articulation.” (13)
A recent trinitarian revival is seeking to re-prioritize this crucial doctrine, and this book chronicles this revival by presenting two of its dominate views: the classical and the relational views. We’ll look at these below.
The new book introduces readers to the views by assembling a cast of leading theologians:
Stephen M. Holmes,…
Is the Doctrine of the Trinity Useful? Relevant? — An Excerpt from “Two Views of the Doctrine of the Trinity”
Inevitably, in a discussion about the nature of God and the Trinity, the question “Why is it important to believe the Trinity?” arises.
As I’ve taught theology and fielded this question, two others follow closely: What use is the doctrine of the Trinity? And, Is it still relevant?
Stephen R. Holmes and Thomas H. McCall answer these questions in their essays on the doctrine of the Trinity appearing in the soon-to-be released book Two Views of the Doctrine of the Trinity. (Releasing 9/2/2014)
As a classical trinitarian, Holmes says ”If the doctrine has any use, it is in clarifying errors about its own articulation.”
Representing relational trinitarianism, McCall argues it is relevant because “God created us to share in…
Which Doctrine Has Seen A Revival of Interest? The One Barth Placed Front and Center
“The doctrine of the Trinity stands front and center of the Christian faith and its articulation.” (13)
Jason S. Sexton makes this declaration at the beginning of his introduction to a new resource on the Trinity releasing September 2, Two Views of the Doctrine of the Trinity. Karl Barth agreed:
It is the doctrine of the Trinity which fundamentally distinguishes the Christian doctrine of God as Christian—it is, therefore, also, which marks off the Christian concept of revelation as Christian, in face of all other possible doctrines of God and concepts of revelation. (CD, I/1, 346)
Barth was so convinced of the centrality of the Trinity that he placed the doctrine at the front of his Church Dogmatics, guiding and directing his behemoth dogmatic…