The Triune God aims to secure our knowledge of the triune God by rightly ordering the theological language with which we praise him. It reaches its conclusions about how the doctrine should be handled on the basis of the way the Trinity was revealed. As such, it is a study that offers dogmatic principles for Trinitarian exegesis. Half of the volume establishes the biblical exposition and draws the doctrinal implications from it, showing that Trinitarianism is a gift of revelation before it is an achievement of the church. Sanders interacts with major voices from the history of doctrine, and his arguments are indebted to and informed by the great tradition of Trinitarianism. But the fitting way to retrieve the insights of the church fathers is not to pay more attention to them than to Scripture. The most patristic way to proceed toward a well-ordered doctrine of the Trinity is, after all, to study Scripture.
The New Studies in Dogmatics series seeks to retrieve the riches of Christian doctrine for the sake of contemporary theological renewal. Following in the tradition of G. C. Berkouwer's Studies in Dogmatics, this series will provide thoughtful, concise, and readable treatments of major theological topics, expressing the biblical, creedal, and confessional shape of Christian doctrine for a contemporary evangelical audience. The editors and contributors share a common conviction that the way forward in constructive systematic theology lies in building upon the foundations laid in the church’s historic understanding of the Word of God as professed in its creeds, councils, and confessions, and by its most trusted teachers.
About the Author
Fred Sanders (PhD, Graduate Theological Union) is professor of theology in the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University in La Mirada, California. He is author of numerous books including The Triune God in the New Studies in Dogmatics series; The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything; and Dr. Doctrines’ Christian Comix. He is coeditor of Jesus in Trinitarian Perspective: An Introductory Christology and Retrieving Eternal Generation. Fred is a core participant in the Theological Engagement with California’s Culture Project and a popular blogger at The Scriptorium Daily.
Beginning with doxology, rooted in Scripture, and centered on the missions of the Son and the Spirit, this book is a lucid, rich, lively, and timely reframing of Trinitarian theology, with highly fruitful implications for dogmatics and exegesis. -- Suzanne McDonald, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Western Theological Seminary, Holland, MI
In contemporary theology, the doctrine of the Trinity is the subject of intense discussion and debate. Meanwhile, the “theological interpretation of Scripture” has reemerged in recent years. In this erudite, articulate, and delightful book, Fred Sanders makes very important contributions to both fields. Here a leading scholar of the doctrine offers helpful insights that will repay careful study. Even better, he leads us to a more profound doxology. I highly recommend this volume. -- Thomas H. McCall, Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL
Evangelical theologians are at the forefront of a new Trinitarian revival, one rooted in Scripture and common classical Christian tradition---and Fred Sanders is a key voice in that revival. He offers a clearly written and succinct Trinitarian theology that is greatly to be welcomed. -- Lewis Ayres, Head of Department and Professor of Catholic and Historical Theology, Durham University
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