Rediscovering the Triune God: The Trinity in Contemporary TheologyRediscovering the Triune God: The Trinity in Contemporary Theology
Stanley J. Grenz

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Theologian Stanley Grenz here tells the story of trinitarian theology in the last century. He analyzes the remarkable ferment in the discipline and discusses key theologians including Karl Barth, Karl Rahner, Jurgen Moltmann, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Robert Jenson, Elizabeth Johnson, Catherine Mowry LaCugna, Leonardo Boff, John Zizioulas, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Thomas F. Torrance. In doing so, Grenz examines a variety of trinitarian issues such as God's inner life versus God's relationship to creation (immanent and economic trinity), social versus psychological analogies for the relationships within God, the relationship between trinity and Christology, the feminist critique of classical categories, and how God's trinitarian life figures in evolution, social justice, and spirituality. Grenz's engaging introduction places the recent ferment in trinitarian thought within a historical framework, while his conclusion sets a future agenda for the doctrine and theology.

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Introduction: The Trinitarian Theological Story

1. The Eclipse of Trinitarian Theology

The Triumph and Defeat of Speculative Trinitarianism
The Stirring of Interest in Trinitarian Theology

2. Restoring the Trinitarian Center

Theology and the Self-Revealing God: Karl Barth
Theology and the Temporal Presence of the Eternal God: Karl Rahner

3. The Trinity as the Fullness of History

The Trinity as the Divine Engagement with the World: Jürgen Moltmann
The Triune God as the Truth of History: Wolfhart Pannenberg
The Triune God of the Historical Narrative: Robert W. Jenson

4. The Triumph of Relationality

The Trinity as the Paradigm for Human Community: Leonardo Boff
The Trinity and the Relationality of Being: John Zizioulas
Communion and the Oikonomic Trinity: Catherine Mowry LaCugna

5. The Return of the Immanent Trinity

The Trinity as Sophia: Elizabeth Johnson
Transcendental Trinitarianism: Hans Urs von Balthasar
The Triune God of Scientific Theology: Thomas F. Torrance

Epilogue: The Trinitarian Story in Retrospect