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In a new paperback edition of a classic work, T. F. Torrance aims to clarify understanding of that most profound article of the Christian faith, the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.Adopting a holistic approach, he explains the inter-relatedness of the three Persons--Father, Son and Holy Spirit--and their dynamic Communion with the Being and Nature of God.Combining immense acaIn a new paperback edition of a classic work, T. F. Torrance aims to clarify understanding of that most profound article of the Christian faith, the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.Adopting a holistic approach, he explains the inter-relatedness of the three Persons--Father, Son and Holy Spirit--and their dynamic Communion with the Being and Nature of God.Combining immense academic range with new theological perspectives, Professor Torrance builds a significant theological bridge between ancient and modern, and Roman and Protestant theology....

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  • Zach Waldis
    2019-03-08 02:32

    Ended the year right with the Trinity. The only reason this book isn't 5 stars is that it's highly technical and highly repetitive (we are talking about the Triune God's overflowing love for all eternity, after all), but if you want a primer on the Trinity, especially in contrast to the subordinationist heresy which is so prominent in conservative circles these days, this book does the trick.

  • Kyle
    2019-03-08 02:48

    Not for the faint of heart or novice. While an outstanding book in every regard, Torrance's monumental work on the trinue nature of God presupposes important things for successfully navigating its pages: at least an elementary knowledge of 1) trinitarian controversies of the patistic era, 2) Greek, and to a lesser extent 3) Latin, and finally 4) modern trinitarian debates.As a postive monograph detailing the three in one and one in three ontic identification of God, Torrance devotes little time to alternate and/or opposing views on the triune God. As such the reader is left to infer such arguments or depend on prior knowledge. Without offering critiques on alternate viewpoints the reader is to his or her own devices on evaluating Torrance's claims. Whether this is a positive or a negative is based entirely on the reader. Personally, I would have preferred greater attention to alternate viewpoints but that is merely my own bias.However, novices to trinitarian scholarship would be well served by carefully reading the first few chapters where Torrance lays his vision of the trinune nature of God. Deeply influenced by Patristic scholarship of Athanasius and the great Cappedocians and Karl Barth, God is three persons, one being; one being, three persons whose being is in action and whose action derives from His being. "God" is necessarily trinune and theological discussions are more than mere concepts but reflections emerging from and leading to worship.The book reaches a high note during the final two chapters where Torrance puts his stamp on the trinity to two test cases: creation and providence and the unchangeableness of God. Most noteworthy is the trinitarian nature of divine providence that is propery known and understood through the incarnation, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Being of one essence with God the Father and God the Spirit, Jesus Christ by virtue of His participation in the divine being of God also participated in the creation of all things. And by virtue of his incarnation God through the incarnate Jesus Christ acted definively for the creation it is redemption and reconciliation thereby preserving the world through and for God.Those seeking to move even deeper into trinitarian scholarship will be delighted by the middle chapters which are endlessly complex and explore such concepts as homoousious, hypostatic union, being, personhood, and perichoresis through Torrance's unique 3-fold strata of human knowledge of the divine

  • Jacob Aitken
    2019-03-06 06:35

    This covers much of the same ground as his earlier *The Trinitarian Faith,* though with some new material. Such material, however, does not replace The Trinitarian Faith and if money is a factor, then get TTF instead. Torrance centers his argument around the homoousion. It guarantees how we understand the internal relations in the Trinity. Not only are the persons homoousion, but so are the relations. Only in Christ is God’s self-revelation identical with himself” (Torrance 1). In Christ God has communicated his Word to us and imparted his Spirit. God’s revelation of himself as Father, Son, and HS in the economy of salvation is grounded in and derived from the eternal being of God” (80).Torrance makes several key, epistemological gains in this work. Knowledge of new realities calls for new ways of thinking--new concepts and new thought patterns (Contra Arianos, 1:23; 4:27; De Synodis 42). We interiorize what we seek to know and rely not just on external evidence (38). The object naturally integrates into us and we let it disclose its depths of meaning to us.Torrance has an illuminating discussion of the Divine Monarchy. The monarchy means there is a specific order to the divine Persons. It is the order manifested in the history and revealing of God’s saving acts (176). The Son is begotten of the Father, not the other way around. If one presses the cappadocian distinctions too far, then we are left with the claim that the person of the Father causes, deifies, and personalizes the Being of the Son, Spirit, and even Godhead!We can say, however, that the monarchia of the Father is cause not of their being, but of their mode of enhypostatic differentiation (179). Torrance wants to see the monarchia referring to the Being of the Father, rather than strictly the Person. For him this points back to the intrinsic relations of the Being: The Being of the Father as Father means the Being of the Son of the Father.Conclusion:This is a good book, but it repeats a lot of material from his earlier work and the discussions aren't always clearer.

  • Tyson Guthrie
    2019-03-15 05:55

    Great book. Torrance offers many necessary correctives for Western Christian's in their doctrine of God. Still I'm never fully assured that he doesn't view the divine essence as a Person. This can be problematic since he explicitly denies that the Father is the Monarchy of the Godhead. To this end he claims the support of Gregory of Nazianzus, especially Or. 31.14. Not only is this a hotly debated passage (at least as patristic scholars rate hotness), but the best and most recent work on this passage disagrees with Torrance's interpretation. (See Beeley's book "Gregory of Nazianzus on the Trinity and the Knowledge of God," or better, his article in the 2007 issue of the Harvard Theological Review "Divine Causality and the Monarchy of God the Father in Gregory of Nazianzus." Still, Torrance is a giant in 20th Century trinitarian thought, and fills in Barth's trinitarianism in many and helpful ways.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-03-21 01:36

    This an amazing book densely packed in every way....including language. I doubt I got even 50% of what is offered here and will need to read this again. I have had the experience before with some writing by C. S. Lewis (The Four Loves, for example).The point here (and to say this is doing a terrible disservice to this book) is that the study of the bile is "a whole". The Trinity at the heart of the Christian Gospel, God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) reveling himself through Himself. The book ranges in it's discussion from reconciliation and revelation to/through three beings one person/one being three persons. There are discussions of the oneness of God and the unchangeableness of God but through it all the theme of oneness of the scripture is constant. The gospel like God is united and not to be separated. I plan probably to buy this book as it will call for several more readings.

  • Brian Watson
    2019-03-04 06:29

    This book is mostly about the Trinity. While there is some good information in it, Torrance's style of writing is taxing. He writes very long sentences which are often reformulations of statements he has already made. The argumentation is not very linear, but rather circular in the sense that he repeats information before moving forward a bit, only to repeat previous information. Oddly, Torrance is aware of his writing style--and apparently does nothing to change it! In the preface, he acknowledges his repetitive writing and his "rather difficult style." I appreciate clarity in writing, and Torrance is often not very clear. There are other books of about the same length on the Trinity (see Fred Sanders and Gerald Bray, for example), so I would hesitate to recommend this book.Additionally, I should note that the font of this book made reading it a chore.

  • G Walker
    2019-03-24 01:44

    One of the densest books I have ever read... Not just because of the writing style (though that too is difficult)... but because the challenges in addressing such a rich mystery. This is a significant work, very important to any attempt at studying the historical, philosophical and biblical aspects of Trinitarianism - but honestly, I found it more edifying the second time through... While this is a work of Dogmatics, his works on the _Incarnation_ and _Atonement_ are much more accessible and should perhaps be consulted before engaging this work. Torrance is in my estimation one of - if not the - most important Trinitarian theologians from our day.

  • David Scarratt
    2019-02-24 01:55

    Some people love this stuff. I don't. I persevered well beyond the point demanded by charity, and in the end I spent several hours translating a couple of pages into English. I decided not to persist when several hundred words did, after careful perusal, actually appear to boil down to saying that God really is who he is. Life is too short for this.

  • Stephen D. Morrison
    2019-03-05 23:30

    Incredible! Many great sections, but I especially enjoyed Torrance's engagement with Jürgen Moltmann in the last chapter. All around fantastic book.

  • Bradley
    2019-02-22 02:54

    Found this very helpful in essays on the Trinity

  • Bobby
    2019-02-26 23:42

    One of the best, actually the best constructive work on Trinitarian theology available.