The Triune God: An Essay in Postliberal Theology (TOC)

ttg.jpgPlacher, William C.

The Triune God: An Essay in Postliberal Theology

Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2007. Pp. x + 163. Paper. $24.95.

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Many thanks to the fine folks at Presbyterian Publishing Corporation for sending me a review copy!

  1. The Unknowable God
  2. The Word Made Flesh
  3. The Epistemology of the Spirit
  4. These Three Are One


6 thoughts on “The Triune God: An Essay in Postliberal Theology (TOC)

  1. I am thoroughly enjoying this book so far, so I would recommend it in general, but I don’t know what kind of books on the Trinity you are interested in so I don’t know that I could recommend it over and against another.

    For beginning students of the doctrine I would recommend Gerald O’Collins’ The Tripersonal God: Understanding and Interpreting the Trinity. This is a great book that will serve as a good introduction for anyone as it is very engaging and easy to read.

    For those at the intermediate level I’d recommend The Trinity: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Trinity. This is a collection of essays covering a wide range of topics from some of today’s top scholars (e.g., Gordon Fee, Craig Evans, Stephen Davis, et. al.).

    For the more advanced student I’d recommend without question Robert Letham’s The Holy Trinity: In Scripture, History, Theology, and Worship. I don’t think that there has ever been a better book written on the Trinity from a Reformed theologian!

    If you’re looking for something more apologetically driven then:

    James White’s The Forgotten Trinity or Robert Morey’s The Trinity: Evidence & Issues (see my thoughts on that one here and here) will suffice, but both books are a little simplistic in their approach and are definitely written for those who already believe in the Trinity.

    If you want a good history of the doctrine then I have to suggest:

    Franz Dünzl’s A Brief History of the Doctrine of the Trinity in the Early Church (for the beginner).

    J.N.D. Kelly’s Early Christian Doctrines (for the intermediate student).

    R.P.C. Hanson’s The Search for the Christian Doctrine of God: The Arian Controversy, 318-381


    Lewis Ayres’ Nicaea and Its Legacy: An Approach to Fourth-Century Trinitarian Theology (for the advanced student).

    If you want to go old school than you can’t beat Augustine’s: On The Trinity or City of God.

    I’d also suggest Gregory of Nyssa’s: On the Holy Trinity, and of the Godhead of the Holy Spirit as well as his On Not Three Gods.

    This should be enough to get you going… ;)

  2. Thank, I assume even though I have an MDiv does not mean I can just jump in with Letham…

    any thoughts on Stan Grenz’s work on the Trinity?

  3. As long as you’re familiar with the lingo and concepts you can jump right into Letham. He runs the gambit as the subtitle to his book suggests. Having an MDiv I would assume you’d have no problems with it.

    Sadly, I’ve yet to read Grenz but I hear nothing but good things about him. I have a couple of his books on my wish list though. BTW, were you still interested in that John Stott book? If so email me with your mailing info and I’ll get it out to you… :-)

  4. Sure! I followed the advice of y’all and tried to write IVP to see if I could review copy – that and Wright’s book on the Spirit in the OT – we’ll see if they follow through but still even so….

    as to the late Grenz – that was probably his biggest contribution was stuff on the trinity – but I am not widely read enough on the topic to know how he would compare. All that I have on his stuff is he Systematic Theology and his Primer on Postmodernism. He went to be with the Lord about a month or so after he came and spoke at aGts.

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