In recent decades, many evangelical scholars, students and laypeople have found triperspectivalism extraordinarily helpful, but they have also found it confusing. Vern Poythress has given us what amounts to a primer on this subject. His explanations are brief and clear. He securely anchors his outlooks in the Scriptures and in orthodox Trinitarian theology. Illustrations and glossaries make his discussions accessible to a wide range of readers. Study questions encourage both theoretical and practical reflection. This book is a window into ways of thinking about and living the Christian faith that will greatly benefit us all.
This book begins simply enough, but soon we discover that it opens our eyes to refreshing new ways of viewing God, the Bible, ourselves, and the world from multiple perspectives, all grounded ultimately in the mysterious, triune nature of God. Poythress has given us in this book the valuable fruit of a lifetime of reflection on the teachings of the whole of Scripture.
In this fascinating and highly accessible book, Dr. Poythress puts his perspectival method to work in a wide-ranging exploration of Trinitarian theology. Underlying his discussion is the conviction that, while this is a mystery that surpasses our capacities, God has revealed himself in creation and grace, his triune fingerprints evident wherever we turn. Any discussion of the doctrine of God should take Poythresss important contribution seriously into consideration. I know nothing quite like it.
Poythress has done it again. Knowing and the Trinity: How Perspectives in Human Knowledge Imitate the Trinity is a fresh discussion on how a robust understanding of Gods triune being deepens, challenges, and expands our notions of human knowledge and theological method. He dispels myths of perspectivalism (especially the all-too-common objection of relativism), and persuasively argues for the deeply related and organic nature of Gods revelation. My hope is that Poythresss example will produce much biblically faithful theological creativity.
For many years now we have seen the fruitful use of multiperspectivalism or tri-perspectivalism in the Reformed theology of John Frame and Vern Poythress. Poythress now opens up for us a window onto the rich tapestry of the triad of perspectives in Knowing and the Trinity. He grounds the use of perspectives in the being of the Triune God of Scripture and demonstrates their theoretical and practical value. These perspectives do not undermine the absolute truth of God and his word but expose us to the ever-increasing depth that we discover in Gods Word and world. Poythress shows us that triadic perspectives are analogues of Gods triune being as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, are revealed in the flow of salvation history, are experienced in our space and time, and culminate in the glory of the new heavens and new earth. Here we have unpacked for us the rationale behind tri-perspectivalism and the author demonstrates its theological wealth. I heartily recommend this new book.