Tag: Trinity

Quote of the Week: Michael Reeves

I could believe in the death of a man called Jesus, I could believe in his bodily resurrection, I could even believe in a salvation by grace alone; but if I do not believe in this God, then, quite simply, I am not a Christian. And so, because the Christian God is triune, the Trinity is the governing center of…

In Pursuit of Truth: St. Augustine, Part 7

Augustine’s life (AD 354–430) can be divided into roughly two halves. The first half of his journey was spent searching for the truth that would give meaning, purpose, and significance to his life. The second half was spent reflecting upon, explaining, defending, and living out the truth he encountered through faith in Jesus Christ. Given his life-long quest for truth,…

Quote of the Week: Robert M. Bowman Jr.

To say that the Trinity cannot be understood likewise is imprecise, or at least open to misinterpretation. Trinitarian theologians do not mean to imply that the Trinity is unintelligible nonsense. Rather, the point they are making is that the Trinity cannot be fully fathomed, or comprehended, by the finite mind of man. — Robert M. Bowman, Jr., Why You Should…

First, the fact that Mary was a virgin points to the fact that the conception of Jesus was wholly the result of the divine initiative, the work of the Holy Spirit, he had no human father. Secondly, the fact that he had no earthly father means that his existence in space and time causes us to look into no time (eternity) and no space (infinity) for the truth concerning him; that is, to his eternal origin in the life of the Holy Trinity.

–Peter Toon, The Anglican Way: Evangelical and Catholic (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2010), 6.

Jaroslav Pelikan, an important historical theologian who became [Eastern] Orthodox late in life, once told me, ‘You evangelicals talk too much about Jesus and don’t spend enough time thinking about the Holy Trinity.’

David Neff ed., “The Fullness and the Center,” Christianity Today (July 20, 2011) 41.

The doctrine of the Trinity can be regarded as the outcome of a process of sustained and critical reflection on the pattern of divine activity revealed in Scripture, and continued in Christian experience. This is not to say that Scripture contains a doctrine of the Trinity; rather, Scripture bears witness to a God who demands to be understood in a Trinitarian manner.

–Alister McGrath, An Introduction to Christianity (Cambridge, Mass: Blackwell, 1997), 193.

In the East the doctrine of the trinity has remained a vital part of belief and worship, in contrast to the West, where for the vast majority it is little more than an arcane mathematical riddle, of no real consequence for daily living.

–Robert Letham, Through Western Eyes: Eastern Orthodoxy – A Reformed Perspective (UK: Mentor, 2007), 271-72.

Quote of the Week: Cornelius Plantinga Jr., 3

Self-giving love is the dynamic currency of the trinitarian life of God. The persons within God exalt each other, commune with each other, defer to one another. Each person, so to speak, makes room for the other two. I know it sounds a little strange, but we might almost say that the persons within God show each other divine hospitality.…