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Traces of the Trinity: Signs of God in Creation and Human Experience

, 2015
ISBN: 9781441222527
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Because the Triune God created the world, creation bears the signs of its creator. Influential Christian thinker Peter Leithart explores the pattern of mutual indwelling that characterizes creation at every level. Traces of the Trinity appear in myriad ways in everyday life, from our relations with the world and our relationships with others to sexuality, time, language, music, ethics, and logic. Leithart presents the Trinity as the Christian theory of everything, and his model not only changes how we see the world—it places profound demands on the way we live together in community.

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Gain more insights from Peter Leithart in the Peter J. Leithart Collection (6 vols.).

Resource Experts
  • Identifies ways creation bears the marks of its creator
  • Argues for the Trinity as a Christian “theory of everything”
  • Addresses the impact of the Trinity on sexuality, time, language, ethics, logic, and more
  • Outside In, Inside Out
  • Like Father, Like Son
  • I Am His, He Is Mine
  • Presence of the Past
  • Word in Word in World
  • Chords
  • Making Room
  • The Supple Imagination
  • I in Thee, Thou in Me

Top Highlights

“This entire book is a rejoinder to Hilary. I have argued that, far from being an exclusively divine reality, perichoresis is imprinted on creation and human life at every level, and that we only understand the shape of creation rightly when we recognize these traces of the Trinity. We live in a perichoretically shaped world.” (Page 137)

“It’s fairly easy to see that the boundary between me and the world is porous, and that it has to be so—physically, intellectually, metaphysically. It’s a little harder to see that the pores open in both directions, that I make the world by dwelling in it as much as the world makes me by dwelling in me. It’s even harder to see that objects in the world are what they are by indwelling one another. But that’s the argument I want to make.” (Page 15)

“We don’t live richly unless we take the outside world in, but this is not just a ‘quality of life’ issue. The point is more fundamental. We don’t have any experience of living in the world at all unless the world lives in us.” (Page 9)

“Instead of doctrinal speculation, I seek to extend trinitarian categories and patterns of thought to creation. This is an exercise in trinitarian ‘worldview.’” (Page viii)

“Our brains, like our mouths and bellies, feed on the world. Learning is feasting, a taking-in of the world so that it becomes us, coursing through our brains the way nutrients flow through our blood.” (Page 11)

This book isn’t intended to be the final word on the Trinity, but it should be the first.

—Jack Levison, W.J.A. Power Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew, Southern Methodist University

This is the most delightful book I have read in a long time.

John Frame, J.D. Trimble Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary

Peter Leithart is President of Theopolis Institute and serves as Teacher at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Birmingham. He is the author of many books, including a two-volume commentary on Revelation (T&T Clark, 2018), God of Hope (Athanasius, 2022), On Earth As In Heaven (Lexham, 2022), and a forthcoming book on God the Creator (IVP). He writes a fortnightly column at FirstThings.com, and has published articles in many periodicals, both popular and academic.

Leithart has served in two pastorates: He was pastor of Reformed Heritage Presbyterian Church (now Trinity Presbyterian Church), Birmingham, Alabama from 1989 to 1995, and was pastor of Trinity Reformed Church, Moscow, Idaho, from 2003-2013. From 1998 and 2013 he taught theology and literature fulltime at New St. Andrews College, Moscow, Idaho. He received an A.B. in English and History from Hillsdale College in 1981, and a Master of Arts in Religion and a Master of Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in 1986 and 1987. In 1998 he received his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge in England.

He and his wife, Noel, have ten children and fifteen grandchildren.


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  2. Bryant Wilkerson
    looking forward to reading this book on a very profound topic to truly shakes the world by its foundation. I am not sure if the book has made print and others had read it. I would in advance like to ask the author his thoughts about "Identifies ways creation bears the marks of its creator". As a person who attempts to be a faithful follower of Christ, in a world destined for destruction and rebirth. It would be interesting to here the author's thoughts on an ancient past. He indicates God is in every facet of creation from the overview. Curious to his thoughts on OE vs. YE. thanks in advance, looking forward to reading the book