A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Monday, June 05, 2017

The Trinity Is Our Social Program

It is now common to note that there has been a surprising revival of interest in the doctrine of the Trinity since the second half of the twentieth century. Christoph Schwӧbel comments that "at the beginning of this period it still seemed necessary to lament the neglect of trinitarian reflection in modern theology and to offer apologies for engaging with such allegedly remote and speculative issues," but goes on to say, "both lamentation and apologies, would seem out of place in today's theological situation." Recent writers have found in the Trinity not just the essence of Christian faith, but a seemingly endless generative doctrine for ethical and social ideas. Right belief about the Trinity will determine our understanding of the church, of proper shape of human society, and of many other pastoral and political questions. As Miroslav Volf put it in the title of a paper, "The Trinity is Our Social Program."
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from Stephen R. Holmes, The Quest for the Trinity: The Doctrine of God in Scripture, History and Modernity, p. 1.

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