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An Introduction to the Trinity


Part of Introduction to Religion

  • Date Published: November 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521705226

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  • Over the last decade there has been a resurgence of writing on the Trinity, indicating a renewal of ideas and debate concerning this key element of Christian theology. This introduction challenges the standard account of a decline and revival in Trinitarian theology, taking into account recent, alternative readings of the theological tradition by Lewis Ayres and Michel Barnes amongst other scholars. By clearly analysing the scope of these new approaches, the authors establish the importance of a considered understanding of the Trinity, resisting the notion of separating faith and reason and identifying theology's link to spirituality. Their account also eschews the easy stereotypes of Western Christianity's supposedly more Unitarian approach as opposed to the more Trinitarian view of the East. Offering an overview of the main people and themes in Trinitarian theology past and present, this book thus provides an accessible, comprehensive guide for students and scholars alike.

    • Includes an account of the Trinity from a scriptural, historical and contemporary perspective, providing a broad survey of developments in Trinitarian thinking
    • Discusses how contemporary theologians (Milbank, Bentley, Hart, Davies) are developing a Trinitarian ontology and how the Trinity can be a resource for dialogue between religious faiths
    • Identifies the connections between spirituality and theology, and between faith and reason
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This is a first-class lucid survey of the development of Trinitarian theology and its ethical and spiritual implications in the history of Christianity, both East and West. Marmion and Van Nieuwenhove have succeeded in making intelligible the most complex of debates and even more, showing why they were necessary for a serious doctrine of God.' Gavin D'Costa, University of Bristol

    'A useful book for students of historical theology and contemporary dogmatics, bringing the discussions right up to date.' Baptist Times

    '… for those wishing to refresh or deepen their knowledge of this branch of systematic theology, An Introduction to the Trinity is a fine place to begin.' New Directions

    'Not the least of the many good qualities of this excellent book is that it does attempt to show the difference the Trinity makes to Christian faith and life … It is a model textbook, setting out different points of view with clarity and attempting to come to balanced conclusions. It will be widely used in theological colleges and universities but could be profitably read by anyone with a serious interest in theology who would like an up-to-date survey of an important field of study.' The Church of England Newspaper

    'The multifaceted approaches of leading Trinitarian theologians like Athanasius, the Cappodocians, Augustine of Hippo, Richard of St Victor, Bonaventure, Aquinas, van Ruusbroec, Luther, Calvin, K. Barth and K. Rahner, are all given due care and attention throughout the book … An Introduction to the Trinity is a readable volume that can be skilfully implemented in theological curricula.' Igal German, Religious Studies Review

    'Some books, even if they are introductions, are profoundly edifying. An Introduction to the Trinity by Marmion and Van Nieuwenhove is definitely one of those. My department has already and wisely included their Introduction [in] … the Masters' Comps List … This [book] is highly recommended for various theological courses and, as an expert secondary source, for … courses on the Trinity.' Reviews in Religion and Theology

    'The authors accurately sketch multiple strands in European thought about the Trinity, providing a solid basis for those who wish to proceed to a direct reading of the major theologians.' Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology

    '… this is without doubt a first-rate, suggestive study, one that should find its way into graduate seminars on the Trinity.' Joseph Wawrykow, The Thomist

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521705226
    • length: 262 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 150 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introducing Trintarian theology
    2. The Trinity and its scriptural roots
    3. The doctrine of the Trinity: its emergence and development in the life of the Christian community
    4. Theology of the Trinity from Richard of St Victor to the reformation
    5. The Trinity from Schleiermacher to the end of the twentieth century
    6. Contemporary Trinitarian theology: problems and perspectives

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Constructive Theology I
    • Foundations of Christian Faith
  • Authors

    Declan Marmion, Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin
    Declan Marmion lectures in Systematic Theology at St Patricke's College, Maynooth and at the Milltown Institute, Dublin where he is Senior Lecturer. His publications include The Cambridge Companion to Karl Rahner (2004), Christian Identity in a Postmodern Age: Celebrating the Legacies of Karl Rahner and Bernard Lonergan (2005), Theology in the Making: Biography, Contexts, Methods (2005) and A Spirituality of Everyday Faith: A Theological Investigation of the Notion of Spirituality in Karl Rahner (1998).

    Rik van Nieuwenhove, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
    Rik Van Nieuwenhove is Lecturer in Theology at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. He is the author of Jan van Ruusbroec: Mystical Theologian of the Trinity (2003) and is co-editor (with J. Wawrykow) of The Theology of Thomas Aquinas (2005) and Late Medieval Mysticism of the Low Countries (2008).

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