The Trinity: The Central Mystery of Christianity

The Trinity: The Central Mystery of Christianity

by Hans Schwarz


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In the last thirty years, books on the Trinity have abounded. There seems to be a fascination with this mysterious topic, especially among systematic theologians. The topic has been mined for many different interests, from liberation theology to feminist interpretations of the Christian heritage and from neo-Reformation theology to interreligious dialogue. This book has no intention of adding to the plethora of treatises on the Trinity. The main question with which it is concerned is what is really scripturally tenable with regard to the Trinity and what is unwarranted theological construction or even speculation. Through this question, Schwarz tries to discern whether the theological assertions made about the Trinity are in line with the biblical base from which they are derived, or whether they have veered off in a more or less questionable direction. What takes shape here is a story: how the doctrine of the Trinity developed over the subsequent centuries from the traces in Scripture to a centralized dogma at the heart of Christian teaching. We witness in this an evolution from proclamation to controversy to speculation. What are we to make of this doctrine? How do we articulate the biblical faith today?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506432984
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Hans Schwarz is professor emeritus of systematic theology at the University of Regensburg, Germany. From 1967 to 1981 he was professor at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. He has presented more than six hundred lectures on five continents and is the author of more than thirty books, including The Christian Faith: A Creedal Account (2014) and The Human Being: A Theological Anthropology (2013). His more than forty doctoral students teach in many different countries.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Abbreviations ix

Introduction xi

1 Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the Old Testament 1

2 Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the New Testament 15

3 The Early Church and the Emerging Trinitarian Reflections 35

4 The Struggle over the Decision of Nicea 57

5 Developments in the Middle Ages and in the Reformation Period 79

6 Post-Reformation Developments 105

7 Perspectives of the Present Scene 135

8 A Systematic Discernment 175

In Conclusion 199

Recommended Reading List 207

Index of Subjects 209

Index of Names 213

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