Strange Is Good with the Trinity

| February 10, 2015

Editors' note: This series explores key doctrines of the Christian faith and their practical ramifications for everyday life. Earlier in this series:

“There is nothing wrong with the evangelical church in North America that a good dose of trinitarian theology, if absorbed into the bloodstream of the body of Christ, could not cure.” So writes Kevin Vanhoozer in his blurb to Fred Sanders's The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes everything. Is that true? If so, how does it actually happen?

To explore the practical implications of the Trinity, I corresponded with Sanders, professor at the Torrey Honors Institute of Biola University. A prolific trinitarian theologian, Sanders has written, in addition to The Deep Things of GodThe Image of the Immanent Trinity: Rahner's Rule and the Theological Interpretation of Scriptureand co-edited Jesus in Trinitarian Perspective: An Introductory Christology.

In The Deep Things of God, you write that among evangelicals the Trinity tends to be “taken for granted rather than celebrated and taught.” Why?

Evangelicals tend to be Bible people, who prefer…

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