Monday, April 16, 2007

Theology 101 (Trinity)

What if all our theology started with Trinity... not character of God... not doctrine of Scripture... but TRINITY. What difference would that make? And what would trinitarian thinking about God's character, about church, about Scripture, about salvation look like...

Tim Chester on Trinity:
"made in the image of the Trinity as we are, human personhood is realised through relationships just as divine personhood is. The doctrine of the Trinity shows us that relationships are essential for personhood."

"The church is the new humanity being re-made in the image of God. “The manifest
inadequacy of the theology of the church,” argues Colin Gunton, “derives from the
fact that it has never seriously and consistently been rooted in a conception of the
being of God as triune.” Instead we think of the Trinity as “one of the difficulties
of Christian belief”. But, in neglecting it, we fail to appropriate “its rich store of possibilities for nourishing a genuine theology of community”."
Mike Reeves on Trinity:
"So we started off looking at how we define God, trying to move away from ideas of “divine being” or “substance”, but instead to look at Father, Son and Spirit. This had profound implications for speaking with people from other monotheistic faiths, especially Muslims. I guess could be tempting to find common ground, believing in ‘one’ God, but actually we believe in Father, Son and Spirit - and our Father, our God-head is profoundly different to Allah."
Hugh Bourne on Mike Reeves on Trinity

"Some people think theology is boring, or simply intellectual - actually (and Mike Reeves has helped me in moving away from any notion of those two ideas) Christian theology gives glory, fear and reverence to an awesome God!"
Hugh Bourne