Studying the Trinity is an exercise in wonder. The doctrine of the Trinity is drawn from the wonder of our own existence and the diverse experiences of the divine encountered by the early church. From Christianity’s earliest days, theologians have drawn upon the most creative and complex language and understanding available in an attempt to clarify and explain the triune God. But how should we attempt to articulate that faith today? In this volume, Ernest Simmons engages precisely that question by asking what the current scientific understanding of the natural world might contribute to our reflection upon the relationship of God and the world in a triune fashion.
“The final option for relationship is that of combination, where a includes but is greater than b. This position is known as panentheism, which means that God is in the world (immanent) but more than the world (transcendent). One could also say that the world exists in God (immanence), so God is always in the world but goes beyond the world (transcendence). It is not pantheism precisely because it stresses that God is more than can be found in the natural world, no matter how inclusive one makes that understanding. This position allows for both the intimate presence of God in the world while at the same time acknowledging that God is more than the world in the ultimate unknowable mystery of the divine referred to earlier.” (Page 49)
“As was mentioned earlier in chapter 3, panentheism13 means that God is in the world but is more than the world. The world is not divine but is totally related to the divine. Indeed, one might say that the world exists in God so that God is always present (immanent) in the world but that God is also more than (transcends) the world as well. The divine is present ‘in, with, and under’ the material forms of existence but is not limited to them.” (Pages 153–154)
“Perichoresis may be conceived as the mutual indwelling energy of the divine Trinity through which the creation is created and which evolves within the life of God as entangled superposition.” (Page 153)
“where a brief taste drives us to a hunger for more. Third” (Page 10)
“trust, trust placed in the justifying grace of God.” (Page 12)