In this critique of the legacy of the Enlightenment and its effect on theology, Colin Gunton focuses on three core Christian concepts: truth, freedom, and faith. He argues that in these areas, the emphasis of Enlightenment thought on the observable and objective has prevented us from believing in what cannot be seen or scientifically deduced—alienating us from reality, from ourselves, and from God. However, as Gunton argues, the Trinitarian structure of Christian belief contains within itself the resources to overcome this alienation and achieve an integrated perspective. He explores how in the doctrine of the Trinity—especially in Jesus Christ, in whom the mysterious and divine joined the physical and observable—we can find a way to give validity both to scientific frames of thought and to religious belief.
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Colin E. Gunton (1941–2003) was professor of systematic theology at King’s College, London from 1969 until his death. He was appointed professor of theology in 1984 and then served as head of the Department of Theology & Religious Studies from 1993–96. In 1992 Gunton delivered the Bampton Lectures at the University of Oxford and in 1993 delivered the Warfield Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary. Together with John Webster, Gunton cofounded the International Journal of Systematic Theology. He is also the author of Intellect and Action: Elucidations on Christian Theology and the Life of Faith, The Theology of Reconciliation, Father, Son and Holy Spirit: Toward a Fully Trinitarian Theology, The Promise of Trinitarian Theology, and editor of The Doctrine of Creation: Essays in Dogmatics, History and Philosophy.