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Rediscovering the Triune God: The Trinity in Contemporary Theology

Rediscovering the Triune God

The Trinity in Contemporary Theology

Stanley J. Grenz (Author)

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Theologian Stanley Grenz here tells the story of trinitarian theology in the last century. He analyzes the remarkable ferment in the discipline and discusses key theologians—such as Karl Rahner, Jürgen Moltmann, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Robert Jenson, Elizabeth Johnson, Catherine Mowry LaCugna, Leonardo Boff, John Zizioulas, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Thomas F. Torrance—on such issues as God's inner life versus God's relationship to creation (immanent and economic trinity), social versus psychological analogies for the relationships within God, the relationship between trinity and Christology, the feminist critique of classical categories, and how God's trinitarian life figures in evolution, social justice, and spirituality. Grenz's introduction places this ferment historically in the course of Christian thought from the medieval period to now, while his conclusion sets a future agenda for the doctrine and theology.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800636548
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 304
  • Publication Date April 22, 2004


"In this work, Stanley Grenz continues to fill his role as a leading voice for the recovery of a vigorous Trinitarian theology. Rediscovering the Triune God is a model of careful and judicious exposition. The author has a fine ability to situate complex ideas in their theological context. The book is marked by a balanced discussion of each theologian's supporters and critics. It is ideal for academic courses in twentieth century and contemporary theology. Its style is well suited to theological students. Anyone wishing to learn about the basic trends of recent Trinitarian theology will find Rediscovering the Triune God to be an accessible and comprehensive review. Especially important is the book's ecumenical focus and its observation that the dominant themes of recent Trinitarian theology cut across traditional dividing lines. This book captures very well the sense that a major shift has taken place in Christian theology."
— Samuel M. Powell, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Point Loma Nazarene University and author of Participating in God: Creation and Trinity (Fortress, 2003)

"Rediscovering the Triune God is a retrospective of the theological conversations, texts and critiques, of Protestant and Catholic theologians on the Trinity in the 20th Century. Dr. Grentz's presentation of these developments would provide a solid foundation for any course on Trinitarian theology. There is a clarity of thought and progression, and a spirit of openness that Dr. Grentz brings to his study that invites the reader into the discussion. This text may well serve to open new avenues of communication in inter-religious dialogue, helping to make sense of why Christians hold onto a belief in the Trinity."
— Jean Donovan, Assistant Professor of Theology, Duquesne University