Rethinking the Trinity and Religious Pluralism: An Augustinian Assessment

Rethinking the Trinity and Religious Pluralism: An Augustinian Assessment

by Keith E. Johnson

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Overview

Increased interest in the doctrine of the Trinity has led to its use in formulating new, pluralistic approaches to the theology of religions. But theologian Keith Johnson is convinced that many of these forays are not salutary for Christian faith.Here Johnson critically engages the diverse proposals of Mark Heim, Amos Yong, Jacques Dupuis and Raimundo Panikkar.

Johnson grounds his evaluation in an extended study of St. Augustine's trinitarian theology. Not only has this doctor of the church provided an ecumenical theological standard down through the ages, but, Johnson argues, one that should continue to serve as a criterion for faithful trinitarian thinking now.

Locating the points at which the four proposals diverge from the Augustinian norm, Johnson delves into essential aspects of the trinitarian doctrine including immanence and economy, the relations of the divine Persons, and the proper use of the vestigia trinitatis in creation. Johnson's critique of these intriguing experiments draws attention to the methodological errors that plague attempts to apply the doctrine of the Trinity to a wide range of topics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830839025
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 09/02/2011
Series: Strategic Initiatives in Evangelical Theology
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Keith E. Johnson (Ph.D., Duke University) is national director of theological education for Campus Crusade for Christ. He serves as guest professor of systematic theology for Reformed Theological Seminary and has written a number of articles on the Trinity and religious pluralism.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
1. The Turn to the Trinity in the Theology of Religions
The Contemporary Trinitarian Revival
The Christian Theology of Religions
2. Introducing the Trinitarian Theology of Augustine
Contextualizing Augustine's Trinitarian Theology
Introducing De Trinitate
3. The "Economic" Trinity and the "Immanent" Trinity in the Theology of Religions
S. Mark Heim's Trinitarian Theology of Religious Ends
The Economic Trinity and the Immanent Trinity in De Trinitate
Heim's Trinitarian Theology of Religious Ends: An Augustinian Evaluation
Implications for the Christian Theology of Religions
4. Divine Relations in the Theology of Religions
Amos Yong's Pneumatological Theology of Religions
Jacques Dupuis' Christian Theology of Religious Pluralism
Augustine on the Relations of the Divine Persons
Yong's Trinitarian Pneumatology: An Augustinian Evaluation
Dupuis's Trinitarian Christology: An Augustinian Evaluation
Implications for the Christian Theology of Religions
5. Vestiges of the Trinity in the Theology of Religions
Raimundo Panikkar's Theandric Spirituality
Augustine on Vestiges of the Trinity
Panikkar's Trinitarian Spirituality: An Augustinian Evaluation
Implications for the Christian Theology of Religions
6. Rethinking the Relevance of the Trinity
Implications for the Christian Theology of Religions
Similar Trinitarian Problems in Contemporary Theology
Rethinking the Relevance of the Trinity: Augustinian Reflections
Conclusion
Appendix: Reclaiming Augustine on the Trinity
Colin Gunton's Criticisms of Augustine's Trinitarian Theology
Rereading Augustine
Conclusion
Bibliography
Author Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index

What People are Saying About This

Harold Netland

"In this carefully researched and clearly written book, Keith Johnson explores how the doctrine of the Trinity has been developed by some leading voices in the theology of religions. Johnson's trenchant critique of some current approaches and his reaffirmation of the importance of trinitarian theology for a theology of religions make this a very significant contribution to ongoing debates over the relation between Christian commitments and other religions."
Harold Netland, professor of philosophy of religion and intercultural studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Reinhard Huetter

"Lucidly written and deftly argued, Keith Johnson's book advances an urgently needed Augustinian analysis and critique of recent attempts at a 'trinitarian' foundation of religious pluralism. Johnson convincingly demonstrates that these attempts end at best in theological cul-de-sacs, and adds on top an urgently needed rebuttal of recent Protestant critiques of Augustine's theology of the Trinity. This Augustinian assessment is a welcome witness to the ongoing resourcefulness and relevance of Augustine for contemporary Trinitarian theology."
Reinhard Huetter, professor, Duke University Divinity School

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