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The Trinity: Yes, A Doctrine About God

  Today was Trinity Sunday, as observed by churches who follow the western liturgical calendar. There wasn’t always a Trinity Sunday, and even when (well into the middle ages) it was proposed, some popes argued against it on the grounds that (a) feast days are

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Deep Things Roundup

It’s been a couple of months since I posted anything about my book The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything, but the book continues to make the rounds and find new readers. Here are some of the most interesting tidbits from recent

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William Burkitt: Observe and Learn Hence

William Burkitt was born this day (July 25) in 1650. Burkitt was a graduate of Pembroke Hall, Cambridge, and an Anglican minister. He was the author of the celebrated Expository Notes on the New Testament, published in two volumes about 1700. Later luminaries such as

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Trinitarian Salvation according to Francis Schaeffer

In 1951, Francis Schaeffer had an encounter with the Trinity that revolutionized his life. I wrote about that discovery in a previous post. It sparked the phase of his ministry that we all remember him for, and put him in touch with a sense of

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T&T Clark Companion to the Atonement

This week, I submitted the manuscript for the T&T Clark Companion to the Atonement, an edited work with 18 major chapters and 85 shorter essays from scholars around the world, exploring the doctrine of the atonement from a variety of angles. The various essays explore

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The Whole Trinity Worked the Incarnation of the Son

“The external works of the Trinity are undivided,” says a classic principle of trinitarian theology. Whatever God does outside of the divine essence, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit do as the one divine causal agent. This is great news for monotheism, because if three

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“The Trinity and Our Moral Life”

I don’ think I’m giving away any surprise endings if I share a couple of key paragraphs from a 1963 book, Ceslaus Spicq’s The Trinity and our Moral Life According to St. Paul. After an introductory chapter on “the necessity of a revealed morality,” Spicq

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The Center of Athanasius’ Theology

Most people who read the writings of Athanasius are struck by his singlemindedness. Most of his writings are ad hoc, responses to provocations in the hectic, decades-long argument with Arianism. Yet his theological vision is undistractable. He seems to be a pastoral satellite orbiting one

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Sacramental Punctuation

One of the interesting moments of disagreement at the recent Future of Protestantism discussion was when Leithart and Trueman tried to come to terms with each other on the place of sacraments in Christian worship. Leithart spoke movingly of the Lord’s supper as the high

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Oneness Pentecostalism: An Analysis

Not Your Grandpa’s Anti-Trinitarianism It is a disturbing fact that the most vigorous form of anti-trinitarianism currently on the market is to be found within the sphere of conservative evangelicalism. In the nineteenth century, the dominant variety of anti-trinitarianism was the old-world Unitarianism which found

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The Difficult Art of Obscuring the Trinity (Reimarus)

Christians have long claimed that they got the doctrine of the Trinity from the Bible itself. While admitting that they had rendered the doctrine more explicit, and also admitting that they had crafted a set of non-biblical terms (like person, nature, triune, etc.) to help

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Symposium on Soulen’s The Divine Name(s)

The Winter 2014 issue of Pro Ecclesia: A Journal of Catholic and Evangelical Theology features a 58-page symposium on Kendall Soulen‘s important 2011 book The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity: Distinguishing the Voices. That seems like a lot of pages of commentary, but they are well deserved: Soulen’s