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Throughout the last century theologians gave great attention to the doctrine of the Trinity, and succeeded in restoring it to a central place in Christian thought. But as they highlighted the novelty of the revolutionary new trinitarianism, a number of generalizations and simplifications crept into the discussion: a contrast between a supposed “Eastern” view versus a “West Throughout the last century theologians gave great attention to the doctrine of the Trinity, and succeeded in restoring it to a central place in Christian thought. But as they highlighted the novelty of the revolutionary new trinitarianism, a number of generalizations and simplifications crept into the discussion: a contrast between a supposed “Eastern” view versus a “Western” view; a social and perichoretic foundation for divine unity; and considerable scapegoating of major historical figures, especially among early Latin theologians.What is needed today is a re-evaluation of the twentieth-century trinitarian revolution in light of more careful historical retrievals of major thinkers from the classic tradition, in light of interesting developments in analytic theology, and in light of more nuanced conversations among representatives from between different Christian traditions.The second annual Los Angeles Theology Conference sought to make constructive progress in the doctrine of the Trinity by highlighting the counter-revolutionary trends in the most recent trinitarian thought, and aligning the trinitarian revival with the ongoing task of retrieving the classical doctrine of the Trinity.


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Throughout the last century theologians gave great attention to the doctrine of the Trinity, and succeeded in restoring it to a central place in Christian thought. But as they highlighted the novelty of the revolutionary new trinitarianism, a number of generalizations and simplifications crept into the discussion: a contrast between a supposed “Eastern” view versus a “West Throughout the last century theologians gave great attention to the doctrine of the Trinity, and succeeded in restoring it to a central place in Christian thought. But as they highlighted the novelty of the revolutionary new trinitarianism, a number of generalizations and simplifications crept into the discussion: a contrast between a supposed “Eastern” view versus a “Western” view; a social and perichoretic foundation for divine unity; and considerable scapegoating of major historical figures, especially among early Latin theologians.What is needed today is a re-evaluation of the twentieth-century trinitarian revolution in light of more careful historical retrievals of major thinkers from the classic tradition, in light of interesting developments in analytic theology, and in light of more nuanced conversations among representatives from between different Christian traditions.The second annual Los Angeles Theology Conference sought to make constructive progress in the doctrine of the Trinity by highlighting the counter-revolutionary trends in the most recent trinitarian thought, and aligning the trinitarian revival with the ongoing task of retrieving the classical doctrine of the Trinity.

30 review for Advancing Trinitarian Theology: Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics (Los Angeles Theology Conference Series)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Wilson Hines

    This book is like a fine cigar: it gets better as you go. I thought it couldn’t get better than Sanders’ in the first chapter, but yet it does. Soulen steals the show and literally brings me to tears.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Sverker

    I think this book does in many ways what it says on the tin. In a wide range of issues the various authors try to point out the eventual relevance and place of the doctrine of the Trinity. How I would have liked to have been on that conference! There is a slight variety of voices though, but all appear to challenge, or agree that it is health, to question the too enthusiastic social trinitarian view of the Trinity. There are theologians such as Holmes and Kilby that are more critical towards it. I think this book does in many ways what it says on the tin. In a wide range of issues the various authors try to point out the eventual relevance and place of the doctrine of the Trinity. How I would have liked to have been on that conference! There is a slight variety of voices though, but all appear to challenge, or agree that it is health, to question the too enthusiastic social trinitarian view of the Trinity. There are theologians such as Holmes and Kilby that are more critical towards it. Ayers belongs there too, but I read him as, in the end, wanting to keep a fairly significant role for relationality in the ontology of the Trinity in the end. Kilby argues for a "grammatical" understanding of the doctrine and very apophatic. Holmes, on his end, argues for a more classical understanding and with some very interesting points towards constructive use of the doctrine. Crisp and Sexton sounds somewhat more positive to the centrality of a relational understanding of the Trinity and Crisp's introduction is a little difficult to interpret in light of the rest of the book. It appears a little more hesitant in wanting to get rid of the social doctrine of the Trinity. Having said all this, this is a good book for the person who wants to get a feel for where the doctrine of the Trinity is heading in light of the critique and challenge of the social doctrine of the Trinity.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Jankowski

    Advancing Trinitarian Theology was an interesting compendium of various lectures, articles, and chapters from some (though not all) leading scholars of Trinitarian studies. Fred Sanders and Oliver Crisp were the editors, both of which have their own works on the subject themselves, but only Sanders actually contributes a chapter to the book. The first six chapters are more analytical in nature, the latter three veer toward a more mystical emphasis. Soulen's focus on the eternal identity of God an Advancing Trinitarian Theology was an interesting compendium of various lectures, articles, and chapters from some (though not all) leading scholars of Trinitarian studies. Fred Sanders and Oliver Crisp were the editors, both of which have their own works on the subject themselves, but only Sanders actually contributes a chapter to the book. The first six chapters are more analytical in nature, the latter three veer toward a more mystical emphasis. Soulen's focus on the eternal identity of God and the divine name was spectacular. Karen Kilby's apophatic approach of integrating trinitarian theology into politics was absolutely horrible. Sumner's analysis of Barth's view on the eternal subordination of the Son (as distinguished from the heretical form of subordinationism) was especially helpful. Overall I would recommend the book. The strength of certain chapters far outweighs the weakness of the others.

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