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The Christian Doctrine of God: One Being, Three Persons Hardcover – April, 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group (April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0567097412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0567097415
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,710,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Ground-breaking…Combining immense academic range with new theological perspectives, Torrance expounds the basic teachings of the ancient Catholic Church and builds a significant bridge between ancient and modern Catholic and Evangelical theology.” –SirReadaLot.org, July 2005 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The Very Revd Thomas F. Torrance is Emeritus Professor of Christian Dogmatics, University of Edinburgh. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The great theme of this book is that God really is as God has revealed himself to us.
K. H. Acton
Each chapter in the book is built on the foundation of the preceding one, including the Preface.
Avril Sol
He presents much of the Patristic discussion in greater depth than I've found anywhere else.
R. L. Wadholm Jr.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By K. H. Acton on February 8, 2008
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This is a very detailed study of the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. He writes from a Barthian perspective within the Reformed tradition (Church of Scotland). However he interacts seriously with St. Athanasias and the Cappodocian Fathers. This much you can get from the back of the book. What I found compelling about the book was the commitment to the truth of the doctrine. He is writing about something that he believes is absolutely important and necessary. He is not sitting outside of the community of faith studying the history and details of an odd social belief. He is standing within the community telling all, inside and out, about this grand truth and the consequences that flow from it. But this is not a piece of polemic. This is research, contemplation, and conclusions. He delves deep and assumes any intellectual will see the manifest truth of that into which he digs. Surprisingly orthodox from a modern theologian who is writing as a modern theologian. Nothing like this has come out of more obvious conservative circles, not such a confident commitment to one of the most basic of christian doctrines. The great theme of this book is that God really is as God has revealed himself to us. To know God in Christ through the Holy Spirit is to know the majesty and glory on high.
His style is dense, but his repetitions help and he steers away from very technical language (except that which he spends a lot of time explaining why such are necessary).
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Avril Sol VINE VOICE on January 3, 2010
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The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons is probably what I would call a primer on the Trinity by one of the 20th century's foremost modern Trinitarian theologians, Thomas F. Torrance. In this book, Torrance thoroughly discusses the basis for and the foundation of belief (doctrine) in the Triune God that is the cornerstone of modern Christianity, both Eastern Orthodox and Western Christianity. He traces the very origins of Trinitarian doctrine from the earliest Ancient Church Fathers (e.g., Athanasius) to the post Nicene Fathers (e.g., St. Augustine) to contemporary theologians (e.g., Luther and Karl Barth).

Contrary to popular belief, the early apostles already believed in the One God, Three Persons as evident in the 4 gospels (especially John) and the epistles (especially those of Paul and John), although they could not clearly explain the mystery. They addressed Jesus as God, considered the Holy Spirit as God, and worshiped Jesus as God, and knew that God is One even though he is also the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This was obvious to the Church Fathers who were left with the responsibility of fully fleshing out the faith in the Triune God that the apostles believed in, entrusted to all Christians, and left behind in their oral traditions and wrote in what we now have as the New Testament. This is the doctrine that Torrance explains and expounds on, based on almost 2,000 years' worth of church documents written by the Church Fathers and later rediscovered by Martin Luther and Karl Barth. (One of Torrance's major contributions in theology was to translate Barth's voluminous Church Dogmatics into English.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Wadholm Jr. on December 4, 2008
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Torrance writes as one thoroughly convinced of and conversant with a biblically sound, christologically revealed trinitarian faith. He masterfully weaves together the ecclesiological development of this primary doctrine and the proper trinitarian worship and expression of the faith-filled life. He presents much of the Patristic discussion in greater depth than I've found anywhere else. This work should be read by anyone seeking to know the God who is Trinity who has made himself known, yet remains hidden in His self-revelation. I have found my own faith walk to have grown tremendously through the beauty and tremendous depth of this book. It is no easy read, but a truly rewarding one to anyone not too faint of heart to take the time wade through the depths.
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