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The Image of the Immanent Trinity: Rahner's Rule and the Theological Interpretation of Scripture (Issues in Systematic Theology) Hardcover – December 13, 2004

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers (December 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820467103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820467108
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,874,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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«The sublime mysteries of the Holy Trinity become understandable through the prose of Fred Sanders. To say ‘the economic Trinity is the immanent Trinity’ is to say forcefully that the Holy One abides with us. This book communicates this message beautifully.» (Ted Peters, Professor of Systematic Theology, Graduate Theological Union, Author of ‘GOD as Trinity’)
«Fred Sanders explores one of the pressing issues in Trinitarian theology today. The renaissance of this core Christian doctrine in systematic theology in recent decades owes much to Karl Rahner’s axiom on the relationship between the immanent Trinity and the economic Trinity (‘the economic Trinity is the immanent Trinity and vice versa’) with emphasis on the centrality of the divine economy for a proper and fruitful theological perspective. Sanders examines the theological responses to the axiom with attention to those who enthusiastically radicalize the axiom and those who cautiously restrict it. The implications for the doctrine of the Trinity are not insignificant. Sanders attempts to resolve the dispute with his own proposal, namely, that the economic Trinity is the image of the immanent Trinity. Sanders’ contribution will be welcomed by all engaged in the discipline. He takes seriously both the endorsements and critiques and provides a solution that does not forget the Christological foundations for Trinitarian theology. In the midst of the continued appropriation of the Trinity across the theological spectrum, Sanders’ voice will be an important one if our thinking the triune God is to be given its full measure of theological depth and seriousness.» (Ralph Del Colle, Associate Professor of Theology, Marquette University, Author of ‘Christ and the Spirit: Spirit Christology in Trinitarian Perspective’)

About the Author

The Author: Fred Sanders is Assistant Professor of Theology in the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University, La Mirada, California. He received his Ph.D. in systematic theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He has written articles on the doctrine of the Trinity and on christology.

More About the Author

FRED SANDERS is associate professor of theology at Biola University's Torrey Honors Institute. A popular blogger and speaker, Sanders has authored numerous journal articles and written or contributed to several books, including The Image of the Immanent Trinity. He blogs at

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1 of 27 people found the following review helpful By reMark on September 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
It's difficult to understand why theologians whose main mission should be to know God and make him know would publish a book that is priced at $166 (as of Sept 2013). If this information regarding God is important and useful, then it is as good as lock in a secret vault to most people since the book is priced out of our reach.
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