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Three in One: Analogies of the Trinity

, 2022
ISBN: 9780825446061



Do our images of “one God in three persons” reflect God well?

Throughout history, Christians have pictured the relationships between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit through analogies. Such illustrations—some from the West but also from Latin America, Asia, Africa, and other places—come laden with theological ramifications that the church has rejected (heresies) or embraced (doctrines). In Three in One, William David Spencer shares a lifetime of insights from teaching within the global church, bringing fresh images and analogies of the Trinity to deepen our theological vocabulary.

Drawing from his extensive teaching in geographically and culturally diverse contexts and his artist’s passion for evocative words and visuals, Spencer offers readers a rich, multifaceted, and practical exploration of the Trinity. Alongside historical and contemporary theology and biblical studies, he considers the strengths and shortcomings of various analogies used to explain the Trinity, such as:

  • Light
  • Water
  • The Celtic knot
  • The totem pole
  • Musical harmonies
  • The human body
  • The family

Readers of Three in One will gain a personal understanding of the Trinity as well as tools for teaching about the Trinity in adult and children’s ministry contexts.

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  • Offers readers a rich, multifaceted, and practical exploration of the Trinity
  • Considers the strengths and shortcomings of various analogies used to explain the Trinity
  • Provides tools for teaching about the Trinity in adult and children's ministry contexts
  • Title: Three in One: Analogies for the Trinity
  • Author: William David Spencer
  • Publisher: Kregel
  • Print Publication Date: 2022
  • Logos Release Date: 2022
  • Pages: 242
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Reader Edition
  • Subject: Trinity
  • ISBNs: 9780825446061, 0825446066
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-11-16T04:06:26Z

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The author or editor of nine books, including two which reviewers have termed the definitive works in their fields, Mysterium and Mystery, and Chanting Down Babylon, as well as more than 100 published articles, stories, reviews and poems, Dr. William Spencer is recipient of several prizes for writing, including the Earl Bargainner Award of the Popular Culture Association of America and is listed in Contemporary Authors as well as in several Who’s Who compilations. He was also awarded the Nancy Higginson Dore Prize for education. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), since 1966, he has done urban ministry, college chaplaincy, music and coffee house, literacy and volunteer prison ministries. Since 1974, he has also been teaching graduate level classes as and adjunct at several seminaries. He is a founder of Pilgrim Church, a storefront ministry in Beverly, MA. In addition, he serves as its pastor of encouragement.


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