God Who Is Triune

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"We worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity." (Athanasian Creed, 6th century A.D.

The triunity of the Christian God is not just one isolated doctrine among others. Allan Coppedge unfolds the implications of the trinitarian being of God for our entire understanding of the nature, character and acts of God. Building on the theology of the church from the early church fathers, tracing it through the Reformation and down to current theological treatments of the Trinity, Coppedge draws out the implications ...

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Overview

"We worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity." (Athanasian Creed, 6th century A.D.

The triunity of the Christian God is not just one isolated doctrine among others. Allan Coppedge unfolds the implications of the trinitarian being of God for our entire understanding of the nature, character and acts of God. Building on the theology of the church from the early church fathers, tracing it through the Reformation and down to current theological treatments of the Trinity, Coppedge draws out the implications for our understanding of God's nature, attributes, roles, and relationship to creation and providence.

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Editorial Reviews

Dennis F. Kinlaw
"What a delight to find a mature systematic theologian who takes Jesus seriously when he talks about God! Coppedge actually believes Jesus meant it when he said that if one wants to know the Father or the Spirit that one must start with the Son.The result is that God becomes more than an idea, or a dogma, or one who is always a third-personal 'he' whom we know about. This triune God is shown to be a second-personal 'you' to whom one must respond with much more than a mere thought.Good stuff!"
M. William Ury
"Allan Coppedge has produced a comprehensive trinitarian doctrine of God. His thirty years of praying, teaching and preaching have culminated in one of the clearest discussions of the holy One ever produced. Coppedge's facile handling of ancient resources and the most recent theological assessments of the divine nature, as well as his offering of a new paradigm for relating holiness and love in the personhood of God, are more than gratifying--this is a unique call to a theological revolution. With Jesus at the center he deftly draws all the major trinitarian commonplaces into a tapestry of divine roles. That rigorous biblical framework provides the backdrop for several key issues: triune theism, personhood, the relationship of holiness and love, a trinitarian worldview, a dynamic view of providence, and a rigorous challenge to open theism. Allan Coppedge has spent his life making disciples of Jesus Christ. This masterful text is one facet of that life-giving ministry--that which feeds the mind so that the heart and the life can please the triune One who has made us in his image. Teachers, pastors and anyone who wants to think more clearly about God and to live in the dynamic life of personal holy love will benefit from this text."
John Oswalt
"Allan Coppedge has shown us how the recently revived interest in the Trinity can lead us to some new answers to some old theological conundrums. He has shown us a way forward, and we owe him a debt of gratitude."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830825967
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Allan Coppedge (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is Beeson Professor of Christian Theology at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, where he has taught for more than twenty years.

He has written Portraits of God: A Biblical Theology of Holiness; John Wesley in Theological Debate: Predestination, Perfection, and Pluralism in the 18th-Century Revival and The Biblical Principles of Discipleship. He is also coauthor of In His Image: A Workbook on Scriptural Holiness. He has written four Key Idea Books including God's Purposes for You, Setting the Pace, When the Holy Spirit Comes and The Promise of Something More.

Coppedge has completed postdoctoral work at Johns Hopkins University. He is president of the Barnabas Foundation, a discipleship training organization for students and local churches, and he has served as dean and professor of Old Testament at the Biblical Seminary of Colombia in Medellín, Colombia.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1 The New Testament Foundations for the Trinity
2 The Biblical Frame for the Trinity
3 The Development of the Doctrine of the Trinity
4 The Triune God in Relation to Creation
5 The Triune God Within himself
6 The Nature of the Triune God
7 The Attributes of the Triune God: Personal and Moral
8 The Attributes of the Triune God: Relative and Aboslute
9 The Roles of the Triune God: The Way the Economic Trinity Works
10 The Triune God Creates a Cosmos
11 The Nature of Creation
12 The Triune God's Work of Providence
13 The Triune God, Freedom and Providence
Epilogue
Name Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index
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