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The Trinity A Guide for the Perplexed by Rev Dr. Paul M. Collins

The Trinity A Guide for the Perplexed

Part of the Guides for the Perplexed Series


The Trinity A Guide for the Perplexed by Rev Dr. Paul M. Collins

The Trinity is a core area of Christian belief. This Guide of the Perplexed offers a complete overview of the theological history of the concept of the Trinity as well as new insights.Although the doctrine of the Trinity is a core Christian belief it remains contested in terms of how it is conceptualised and expressed. This essential Guide for the Perplexed expounds different conceptual models and the technical language used to express these models. It examines attempts to 'apply' the doctrine in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, e.g. in relation to ecumenical dialogue, with its main approach focusing on hermeneutics and ontology of relationality. Providing a complete overview, as well as new insights into the area, Trinity: A Guide for the Perplexed is an essential read for students of Christian Theology.Continuum's Guides for the Perplexed are clear, concise and accessible introductions to thinkers, writers and subjects that students and readers can find especially challenging - or indeed downright bewildering. Concentrating specifically on what it is that makes the subject difficult to grasp, these books explain and explore key themes and ideas, guiding the reader towards a thorough understanding of demanding material.


'If you want to know why this understanding of the Trinity has come to dominate certain parts of English systematic theology [...] then read this excellent book ... It is both scholarly and comprehensive ... This provides an invaluable introduction to this most central, distinctive and perplexing doctrine of the Christian faith.'
Baptist Times, March 2009 The book presents a wide range of the theological positions that have been taken over the centuries in talking about God as Trinity. It charts answers to the central questions of Trinitarian theology, such as what personhood might mean in God, how those Persons are related, and what communion in God might say about communion in the Church

...With an extensive bibliography and suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter, this is a useful, if not indispensable, guide. It is not for the perplexed, however, but rather for the already reasonably well-instructed reader who wants to take things further. Church Times, April 2009 Unlike other books in the series of 'guides', this introduction assumes an already developed knowledge but it can also function as a textbook for beginners. It is highly recommended for anyone who wishes to deepen their approach to Trinitarian theology. Lucien J. Richard, Catholic Library World--Sanford Lakoff Catholic Library World

About the Author

Revd Dr Paul M. Collins is a priest in the Church of England and Reader in Theology at the University of Chichester, UK. His main works to date are Trinitarian Theology West and East: Karl Barth, the Cappadocian Fathers and John Zizioulas (2001), Context, Culture and Worship: The Quest for Indian-ness (2006). He is also secretary of the new formed Ecclesiological Investigations Network.

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Publication date

19th October 2008


Rev Dr. Paul M. Collins

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T.& T.Clark Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


176 pages


Christian theology



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