Over the last decade there has been a resurgence of writing on the Trinity, indicating a renewal of ideas and debate concerning this key element of Christian theology. This introduction challenges the standard account of a decline and revival in Trinitarian theology, taking into account recent, alternative readings of the theological tradition by Lewis Ayres and Michel Barnes amongst other scholars. By clearly analysing the scope of these new approaches, the authors establish the importance of a considered understanding of the Trinity, resisting the notion of separating faith and reason and identifying theology's link to spirituality. Their account also eschews the easy stereotypes of Western Christianity's supposedly more Unitarian approach as opposed to the more Trinitarian view of the East. Offering an overview of the main people and themes in Trinitarian theology past and present, this book thus provides an accessible, comprehensive guide for students and scholars alike.
Declan Marmion lectures in Systematic Theology at St Patricke's College, Maynooth and at the Milltown Institute, Dublin where he is Senior Lecturer. His publications include The Cambridge Companion to Karl Rahner (2004), Christian Identity in a Postmodern Age: Celebrating the Legacies of Karl Rahner and Bernard Lonergan (2005), Theology in the Making: Biography, Contexts, Methods (2005) and A Spirituality of Everyday Faith: A Theological Investigation of the Notion of Spirituality in Karl Rahner (1998). Rik Van Nieuwenhove is Lecturer in Theology at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. He is the author of Jan van Ruusbroec: Mystical Theologian of the Trinity (2003) and is co-editor (with J. Wawrykow) of The Theology of Thomas Aquinas (2005) and Late Medieval Mysticism of the Low Countries (2008).
Abbreviations; 1. Introducing Trintarian theology; 2. The Trinity and its scriptural roots; 3. The doctrine of the Trinity: its emergence and development in the life of the Christian community; 4. Theology of the Trinity from Richard of St Victor to the reformation; 5. The Trinity from Schleiermacher to the end of the twentieth century; 6. Contemporary Trinitarian theology: problems and perspectives; Epilogue; Index.
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