Christian Understandings of the Trinity
In this creative approach to the doctrine of the Trinity, author Veli-Matti Karkkainen focuses on keeping a dynamic balance between the intellectual-doctrinal and spiritual-charismatic approaches as parallel avenues towards theological understanding. His narrative approach draws on direct quotations from key...
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In this creative approach to the doctrine of the Trinity, author Veli-Matti Karkkainen focuses on keeping a dynamic balance between the intellectual-doctrinal and spiritual-charismatic approaches as parallel avenues towards theological understanding. His narrative approach draws on direct quotations from key historical theologians to increase appreciation of their theological wisdom and to encourage students to "dig further into this rich spiritual wellspring."Throughout the two-thousand year span of Christian history, believers in Jesus have sought to articulate their faith and their understanding of how God works in the world. How do we, as we examine the vast and varied output of those who came before us, understand the unity and the diversity of their thinking? How do we make sense of our own thought in light of theirs?The Christian Understandings series is an exciting new series that seeks to illuminate precisely these questions. The short, concise volumes in the Christian Understandings series orient and 'fill in the gaps' for readers as they dive into the exciting and stimulating story of Christian thought.
Veli-Matti Karkkainen (D.Theol and DrTheol, Habil, University of Helsinki) is professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and also holds a teaching position at the University of Helsinki as Dozent of Ecumenics.
A prolific writer, Karkkinen has published 11 books in English (and seven in his native language, Finnish), most recently The Trinity: Global Perspectives (2007), One With God: Salvation as Deification and Justification (2004), and Trinity and Religious Pluralism: The Doctrine of the Trinity in Christian Theology of Religions (2004), Pneumatology: The Holy Spirit in Ecumenical, International, and Contextual Perspective and Christology: A Global Introduction. as well as more than 100 articles, which have appeared in international scholarly journals.
He is also the editor (with William Dyrness) of Global Dictionary of Theology (2008). He is a member of three working groups of the World Council of Churches and has participated in numerous international consultations. He is also an external examiner for Wales University.
- Introduction1. The Christian Trinity: Biblical Antecedents2. Trinitarian Canons: Emergence And Consolidation3. The Holy Spirit: Divine And Equal?4. Medieval Contributions And Clarifications5. Reformation And Modern Perspectives6. Contemporary Trinitarianism And Its Prospects