Knowing and the Trinity: How Perspectives in Human Knowledge Imitate the Trinity
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There are triads in creation as well as in how humans beings perceive things; these serve as revealing analogies of God's nature. Augustine highlighted both in his seminal The Trinity. Now Poythress, a polymath, expands this invigorating discussion until we're seeing threes in places we had never before imagined. 400 pages, softcover. P&R.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1629953199
ISBN-13: 9781629953199

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Every human being has his or her own perspective and experiences truth from this viewpoint. Is it possible to discern perspectives that originate from the mystery of the Trinity—from the fact that one God exists in three persons? Once we know from the Bible that God is Trinitarian, we can begin to notice reflections of his Trinitarian character in both general and special revelation. Vern Poythress is one of a small number of theologians who have developed and used a number of triads of perspectives (coherent groups of three) in theology. This book directly explores the relation of these perspectives to the Trinitarian character of God. It shows that a number of triads of perspectives show analogies to the Trinity. Understanding these analogies helps readers to perceive the Bible and the world as the creation of our Trinitarian God.

Author Bio

Vern S. Poythress (MLitt, University of Cambridge; PhD, Harvard University; DTh, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa) is professor of New Testament interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is also the author of Understanding Dispensationalists; Science and Hermeneutics; Implications of Scientific Method for Biblical Interpretation; Symphonic Theology; The Validity of Multiple Perspectives in Theology; and The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses.

Editorial Reviews

“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 Poythress’s 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 God’s 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 God’s revelation. My hope is that Poythress’s 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 God’s Word and world. Poythress shows us that triadic perspectives are analogues of God’s 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.”

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