Drew tagged me with an autobiographical widget™ (a.k.a. “meme”). Here’s the rub:
Books are scarce in the world. They are illegal in some provinces. They are not easily replaced if not impossible to replace if lost in many if not most circumstances. If you can replace a book or buy one it is usually through the black market at astronomical costs that you cannot afford. Yet you have been able to maintain one of the best collections in the world. If your entire library was about to burn up (think of the firefighters in Fahrenheit 451 invading your home) and you could only have one* book to take with you other than the bible, what would that be and why?
Answer the question. Offer once [sic] quote that resonates with you. Tag five people whose response is of genuine interest to you and inform him or her that they have been tagged. Cheers!
*And it cannot be an entire series of something, that’s cheating.
This is a difficult question to answer. It’s like asking which child you would save in a similar situation if you could only save one. I have a great appreciation for so many of my books, and all for different reasons. But if I absolutely could only save one, it would have to be Robert Letham’s The Holy Trinity: In Scripture, History, Theology, and Worship. I would save this book because out of all my volumes on the Trinity, this one is the most well-rounded. A very large portion of my collection of Trinitarian books has been acquired as a result of my reading this book.
Letham adequately treats the doctrine of the Trinity from every conceivable angle, both East and West, Ancient and Modern, Psychological and Social, Economic and Immanent, Patristic and Contemporary, and as the title implies, through Scripture, history, theology, and worship. I could literally turn to any page of this book and probably find a passage that resonates with me, but for the purpose of this autobiographical widget™ I shall choose this one:
Worship and reconciliation go together. Christian worship is focused on the Holy Trinity and controlled by the Trinity. God is the undivided Trinity, in which the three indwell each other in love, seeking the interests of the others. Worship entails the whole person submitting to, becoming conformed to, the one worshipped. If Philippians 2 was true of Christ the Son at all times, it must become true of us too. [p. 421]