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God in Three Persons: A Contemporary Interpretation of the Trinity

, 1995
ISBN: 9781441252210

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The Trinity is the least understood and most important concept in the church. Yet many would just as soon jettison it in the interest of ecumenical unity. God in Three Persons defends the significance of a Trinitarian definition and explains it in understandable terms.

God in Three Persons: A Contemporary Interpretation of the Trinity is perfect for scholars, pastors, students, and theologians. The Logos edition of this volume is fully searchable and easily accessible. Scripture passages link directly to your preferred translation, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library.

Key Features

  • Provides a contemporary approach to basic doctrine
  • Explores key teachings of John’s Gospel
  • Offers applications for graduate systematic and historical theology study

Product Details

  • Title: God in Three Persons: A Contemporary Interpretation of the Trinity
  • Author: Millard J. Erickson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 356

About Millard J. Erickson

Millard J. Erickson is a distinguished professor of theology at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He received his BA from the University of Minnesota, BD from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, MA from the University of Chicago, and PhD from Northwestern University. He has served as a pastor and seminary dean and has taught at numerous schools, including Bethel University, Southwestern Baptist Seminary, and Baylor University.

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“All sons are born to their fathers and mothers, without whom they would not be. Warfield maintains, however, that this is not quite the meaning of the word in the Semitic consciousness that underlies the statements of Scripture. Rather, the dominant factor in scriptural speech is ‘likeness.’ Thus, whatever the father is, the son is also. When the term ‘Son’ is applied to one of the persons of the Trinity, therefore, it is his equality with the Father, rather than his subordination to the Father, which is being affirmed.” (Page 301)

“What this means is that the direction of movement in doing Trinitarian theology must be from the economy of salvation to the nature of the Trinity, not the reverse. Rahner believes we must begin with the historical narratives of salvation history, rather than any speculative ideas about the nature of the Trinity. The distinctions among God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit must be understood as being the very way God is in himself.” (Page 295)

“Our conclusion, then, is that it is both appropriate and desirable to worship and pray to Jesus Christ. If the early church practiced it, then so should we.” (Page 322)

“A further reason for the importance of this doctrine today is that it helps us work through the question of the nature of saving faith.” (Page 18)

“Even Thomas Aquinas acknowledged that this doctrine is a product of revealed, not natural, theology.13” (Page 18)

Millard J. Erickson

Millard Erickson (b. 1932) is Distinguished Professor of Theology at Western Seminary, Portland, and the author of the widely acclaimed systematics work Christian Theology along with more than twenty other books. He was professor of theology and academic dean at Bethel Seminary for many years. He earned a B.A. from the University of Minnesota, a B.D. from Northern Baptist Seminary, an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.


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