Christian theologians have pondered the concept of the Trinity—both through the biblical text and in philosophical exploration—since the the time of Augustine. But modern thinkers and scientific developments have presented a new challenge: how does the created universe inform and help us understand the Trinity? This collection addresses the ways in which science presents new trajectories for Trinitarian thought. Featuring top scholars and cutting-edge ideas, this collection expands understanding the Trinity and helps us see more clearly how science can inform theology.
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Studying the Trinity is an exercise in wonder. The doctrine of the Trinity is drawn from the wonder of our own existence and the diverse experiences of the divine encountered by the early church. From Christianity’s earliest days, theologians have drawn upon the most creative and complex language and understanding available in an attempt to clarify and explain the triune God.
But how should we attempt to articulate that faith today? In this volume, Ernest Simmons engages precisely that question by asking what the current scientific understanding of the natural world might contribute to our reflection upon the relationship of God and the world in a triune fashion.
These pages interweave the mystery of the God who is three in one with the mysterious new insights from quantum physics. . . . Physicists, theologians, and ordinary believers alike are all invited into this vision of a God who works in and through the energies of this natural world without being reduced to them.
—Philip Clayton, Ingraham Professor of Theology, Claremont School of Theology
A beautifully clear and well-informed exploration of the relation between science and religion in general, and between quantum physics and Christian theology in particular.
—Ian G. Barbour, late Winifred and Atherton Bean Professor Emeritus of Science and Technology, Carleton College
This book courageously brings Christian faith and quantum physics into creative mutual interaction. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure!
—Ted Peters, distinguished research professor of systematic theology, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
Ernest L. Simmons is professor of religion and director of the Dovre Center for Faith and Learning at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota.
Recent Developments in Trinitarian Theology: An International Symposium
Recent Developments in Trinitarian Theology explores the major renaissance that Trinitarian theology has undergone in recent decades. Remarkably, all the main Christian denominations have participated in this, and contemporary Trinitarian theology is a discussion that often crosses confessional boundaries.
English-language theology plays an important role in the renewal of Trinitarian theology and that role is the focus of this symposium. Its purpose is twofold: to gather in an international setting leading thinkers to present the major developments in Trinitarian theology and to show how Trinitarian theology can contribute to new thinking in several contemporary systematic and critical fields—including political theology and the theology of religions.
Christophe Chalamet is professor of systematic theology at the University of Geneva. He was previously professor of historical theology at Fordham University and is the author of Dialectical Theologians: Wilhelm Herrmann, Karl Barth and Rudolf Bultmann, Revivalism and Social Christianity: The Prophetic Faith of Henri Nick and André Trocmé, as well as numerous published articles and essays.
Marc Vial is lecturer in systematic theology at the University of Strasbourg. He is the author of significant monographs and essays on the theology of Jean Gerson and John Calvin.