This handbook examines the history of Trinitarian theology and reveals the Nicene unity still at work among Christians today despite ecumenical differences and the variety of theological perspectives. The forty-three chapters are organized into the following seven parts: the Trinity in Scripture, Patristic witnesses to the Trinitarian faith, Medieval appropriations of the Trinitarian faith, the Reformation through to the 20th Century, Trinitarian Dogmatics, the Trinity and Christian life, and Dialogues (addressing ecumenical, interreligious, and cultural interactions).
The phrase "Trinitarian faith" can hardly be understood outside of reference to the Councils of Nicaea and Constantinople and to their reception: the doctrine of the Trinity is indissociably connected to the reading of Scripture through the ecclesial and theological traditions. The modern period is characterized especially by the arrival of history, under two principal aspects: "historical theology" and "philosophies of history." In contemporary theology, the principal "theological loci" are Trinity and creation, Trinity and grace, Trinity and monotheism, Trinity and human life (ethics, society, politics and culture), and more broadly Trinity and history. In all these areas, this handbook offers essays that do justice to the diversity of view points, while also providing, insofar as possible, a coherent ensemble.
Gilles Emery, O.P, is Professor of Dogmatic Theology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He is a member of the International Theological Commission, and he is most recently the author of Trinity, Church, and the Human Person; The Trinitarian Theology of Saint Thomas Aquinas; and The Trinity:An Introduction to Catholic Doctrine on the Triune God.
Matthew Levering is the first Perry Family Foundation Professor of Theology at Mundelein Seminary of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake. He has published numerous books, including most recently Biblical Natural Law; The Betrayal of Charity; and Predestination. He is co-editor of the English edition of the quarterly journal Nova et Vetera.
"Not since the 1999 volume The Trinity: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Trinity have I seen such a diverse collection of essays from such an esteemed group of contributors. But in addition to having a stellar lineup, this volume is surprisingly accessible, and geared toward those eager to learn...I'd heartily recommend this volume."--Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth