Thinking Through the Trinity


If you have been following this blog for a while now, you know that one of the major effects my master’s work has had on my theological development has been to point towards the Trinity.  I have been convinced that this doctrine is foundational, not only for tests of orthodoxy, but for our everyday lives with God.

One of the most interesting topics to me at the moment is exploring the relationship between the economic (who God reveals Himself to be to us) and immanent (who God is “in Himself”) Trinity.  Right now, their is a contentious debate going on between two scholars, Paul Molnar and Bruce McCormack, regarding how to understand this relationship.  Recently McCormack did a series of lectures that pertained to this and surrounding issues.  There has been other work done on this topic very recently.  Click here to get the ball rolling.


2 responses to “Thinking Through the Trinity

  1. Thanks for the link. I’m going to give it a listen today.

    What are your thoughts on Rahner’s axiom (i.e., “the economic Trinity is the immanent Trinty and the immanent Trinity is the economic Trinity)?

  2. Hey Nick, thanks for the comment. My general impression from others in both the literature and around the blogosphere is that many are uneasy about Rahner’s rule, probably b/c they fear he is collasping the Doctrine of God into mere Anthropology.

    While i see the potential for that, i personally think that Rahner’s Rule has great value. Actually, i’m doing research right now with a friend of mine on God and time, focusing specfically on the Trinitarian nature of God. My initial belief is that Rahner’s Rule helps us make sense of conundrums like God and time by cutting through all of the preunderstandings we bring to the issues via our Greek and Substantialist understandings. Whether the price for such clarity is too high theologically, i’m not sure yet.

    Thanks for the cyber stop by!

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