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What is the Trinity? (Crucial Questions Series Book 10) Kindle Edition
The Trinity is truly a mystery. This doctrine teaches that the God of Christianity is one in His essence but three in His persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Though the word Trinity is not found in the Bible, there is no doubt that the Scriptures teach this triune nature of God. Yet the concept still challenges our finite minds.
In this Crucial Questions booklet, Dr. R.C. Sproul carefully explains the doctrine of the Trinity, stressing that Christians worship one God who manifests Himself in three distinct persons. He shows what the Bible teaches and outlines the chief errors on this doctrine that have afflicted the church. Above all, he affirms that while this truth is difficult to understand, it is not contradictory. Rather, it is a beautiful expression of the biblical teaching on the nature of God.
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Dr. R. C. Sproul, the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, is known for his ability to communicate the deep truths of the Christian faith. He is president of Reformation Bible College, preaches at Saint Andrew's Chapel, and teaches on the daily radio program Renewing Your Mind. He has written more than eighty books.
Maurice England moved to the Chicago area in the fall of 2006, after a twelve year run as a long-haul trucker, to continue the cultivation of his lifelong interest in the expressive arts and oral interpretation. A veteran audiophile, Maurice listened to well over one thousand audiobooks while on the road and fell in love with the genre. From his past experience in broadcasting, community theater, music performance, and ministry he saw narrating as a means to merge his love for books, ideas, learning, and spiritual evolution with his interest in artistic expression. While his narration experience has primarily been nonfiction, personal development, and spiritual-growth titles, Maurice anticipates using his authentically warm and folksy southern style to entertain and inspire through storytelling. Inspired most by the behind-the-scenes artists who engineer, direct, edit, and master the audiobook productions we hear, Maurice has become an absorbed student and participant in the process.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B00AW02OZW
- Publisher : Reformation Trust Publishing; 1st edition (July 1, 2011)
- Publication date : July 1, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 2047 KB
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- Print length : 74 pages
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My primary reason for reading this book was in this book was based on a discussion with Jehovah witnesses over witnesses about the Trinity in the word of God, something that I wanted to have myself steeled up a little bit better on.. The clearness of the arguments in this book was very helpful
Orthodox Christianity has always been monotheistic.So,Mr.Sproul asks the question 'If God is one,How can He be three?'.It is at this point that Christians have sought to defend the concept that there is only one God but that one God exists in three persons.The heart of the issue(has always been for me)defining the terms as best we can.R.C.Sproul addresses this in chapter four 'One In Essence,Three In Person'.He looks at the Church's historical understanding of the words essence,existence and subsistence.He considers the thinking of some Greek philosophers to be important to better understand these terms.Then he attempts to explore the understanding of the word person which he views as synonymous with subsistence.He writes with insight and clarity p.50 "subsistence literally means to stand under ...this word gets at the idea that while God is one in essence,there are three subsistences,three persons,that stand under the essence." The most basic definitions I've either heard,read(or have synthesized through what I've been exposed to)are the following:nature-what something is(for example animals have an animal nature,plants a plant nature...)person-has to do with ego,self awareness(self consciousness).I'm not fully satisfied with those definitions but in this life 'we are looking through a glass dimly'.
As with anything I've read by Sproul,I always come away with a better understanding than I had before interacting with his thoughts.On a doctrine as difficult as 'The Trinity' I think Mr.Sproul is a must read.
One of the most helpful sections in this book is when Sproul explains what the Trinity is, by explaining what it isn’t. He gives a brief history of the different early heresies with reference to the early teachings of the church in trying to articulate a unified understanding of the doctrine of God - His character, nature, and essence. He explains and shows the weaknesses of all the major early heresies with reference to a misunderstanding of the Trinity: Adoptionism, Monarchianism, Modalism, Monarchianistic Modalism, Monophysitism, Nestorianism, and Dynamic Monarchianism.
I highly recommend this book on the Trinity as a good place to start in trying to comprehend the biblical doctrine of how God can be one in essence and three in person. Don’t let the shortness of this book turn you away. Sproul is always deep, clear, biblical, theologically precise, and easy to understand. You are sure to learn something new and practical to help you in your walk with Jesus.
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Because the church fathers gave new meanings to old words, to understand the new meaning you have to study what they wrote NOT import the meaning of the word in prior Greek usage. For example, Tertullian coined a new theological definition for the word persona whilst attacking modalism, using it to mean a concrete individual. By drawing the definition of persona from ancient Greek theatre Sproul ends up with one individual who puts on three different masks which is an intriguing expression of the ancient heresy called modalism. Interesting enough, Sproul’s own “Ligonier” website makes exactly this point stating that according to Sabellius’s modalism “We have one God who wears three masks, not three distinct persons in relationship with one another even though they share the same essence”.
Other inaccuracies to look out for include the statements that the Three “...are part of the essence” (orthodox theology says that God cannot be divided into parts) and “...each member of the Godhead has unique attributes” (in orthodox theology the three persons are only distinguished by their relation to one another not by their possession of different attributes).
This book does not claim to be definitive( what book could) but simply to help the reader to a perhaps better understanding. Biblically sound in orthodox Christian doctrine this is another good booklet by this renowned author.
I most strongly recommend this to people who seek to be enthused by the truth they have believed on the doctrine of Trinity as well as to those who sincerely seek to know the truth.
In the light of the foregoing, it can't be anything but a 5star rating on this doctrinal literature.