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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“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