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The Trinity: A Guide for the Perplexed
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The Trinity: A Guide for the Perplexed


Bloomsbury 2008

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Gathering Interest


Although the doctrine of the Trinity is a core Christian belief, it remains contested in terms of how it is conceptualized and expressed. This essential guide expounds different conceptual models and the technical language used to express these models. Providing a complete overview, as well as new insights into the area, The Trinity: A Guide for the Perplexed is an essential read for students of Christian Theology.

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Key Features

  • Surveys the history of Trinitarian models
  • Examines the terminology used to describe the Trinity
  • Explores the Scriptural evidence for the Trinity


  • Introduction
  • Models
  • Expressing the inexpressible?
  • Trinity: Epistemology and Revelation
  • Trinity: Church and Society
  • Conclusion

Praise for the Print Edition

Collins’ unique competency in this doctrinal domain is evident on every page... the review of literature alone makes this book a key reference point for any serious study of the doctrine.

Religious Studies Review, Vol. 37, Issue 4

Unlike other books in the series of ‘guides,’ this introduction assumes an already developed knowledge but it can also function as a textbook for beginners. It is highly recommended for anyone who wishes to deepen their approach to Trinitarian theology.

—Lucien J. Richard, OMI, Catholic Library World

The book presents a wide range of the theological positions that have been taken over the centuries in talking about God as Trinity. It charts answers to the central questions of Trinitarian theology, such as what personhood might mean in God, how those Persons are related, and what communion in God might say about communion in the Church... With an extensive bibliography and suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter, this is a useful, if not indispensable, guide. It is not for the perplexed, however, but rather for the already reasonably well-instructed reader who wants to take things further.

Church Times, April 2009

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About Paul M. Collins

Revd Dr Paul M. Collins formerly Reader in Theology at the University of Chichester, Parish Priest on Holy Island, Northumberland, England.

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