The trinity: how not to be a heretic

Bullivant, Stephen (2015) The trinity: how not to be a heretic. Paulist Press, Mahwah. ISBN 9780809149339

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Abstract

"Trinity" is Christianity's most basic description of who God actually is-and who he needs to be in order to save us. It is at the very heart of what Christians believe, and very little else in Christianity makes sense without it. Despite this, a great many Christians, including significant numbers of teachers, catechists, and preachers, do not feel confident in talking about it. It is not that they don't believe in the Trinity, because they certainly do. But they are not altogether sure that what they think they believe about it is what they are "supposed" to, and they fear both revealing their ignorance, and leading others astray. The central idea of this book is that, contrary to popular assumption, the Trinity is a very simple doctrine. It consists of just three short, deeply scriptural convictions: i) There is only one God; ii) Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all God; and iii) Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are not the same. The Trinity: How Not to be a Heretic explains how the earliest Christians came to be convinced by each statement, why they matter, and how-slowly, over a period of several centuries-it found a way of saying all three at once. Its sole purpose is to help Christians of all kinds better understand the Trinity, so that they can then help others-Christians, non-Christians, and maybe even some not-yet-Christians-better understand it too.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: Christian belief; Christianity; Trinity;
Subjects: 200 Religion > 211 Concepts of God
200 Religion > 270 History of Christianity & Christian church
200 Religion > 273 Doctrinal controversies & heresies
School/Department: School of Education, Theology and Leadership
Depositing User: Catherine O'Sullivan
Date Deposited: 11 May 2015 12:31
Last Modified: 11 May 2015 12:31
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/881

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