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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