These Three Are One: The Practice of Trinitarian Theology
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In These Three Are One, David Cunningham articulates a Trinitian perspective that challenges a wide range of modern assumptions about God and the created order. Cunningham seeks to rehabilitate the Augustinian tradition of locating the "triune marks" left upon the world by its Creator. This book explores ancient rhetoric, communication theory, and literature as well as more traditional theological sources to illuminate not only the Christian doctrin of God, but also its radical critique of contemporary culture. This book confounds the popular notion that the doctrine of the Trinity is esoteric and irrelevant and describes how it is at the very heart of Christian life and thought.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 1998
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 1557869626
ISBN-13: 9781557869623

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The doctrine of the Trinity has recently been rescued from relative obscurity in Christian theology, but its profound implications have not yet been fully realized.

Editorial Reviews

"There is much to commend in this volume, and not least inCunningham's clear passion to make a doctrine, which has so oftenbeen a by-word for mystification, make a difference." DavidMoss, St Stephens House, Oxford

"David Cunningham has written a really remarkable book,combining the most acute historical and conceptual analysis withreflections on ethics, liturgy, literature and much besides. It isa wonderful illustration of how the doctrinal tradition ofChristianity can shape a whole perception of the moral andimaginative world." Rowan Williams, Bishop of Monmouth

"One of the most accessible books on the trinity in recentmemory. Both scholars and the educated public have something tolearn from Cunningham's ability to stir both mind and heart onissues of central significance to the Christian life." KathrynTanner, University of Chicago

"Sparks everywhere. Little holy fires and an occasionalshrine-burner. Cunningham frames the questions in rhetoric andliterary theory as well as philosophy and theological study andplaces them within the Church that is in the world. Trinityenlivens Christian practice. The result is a flashing insight,capable of keeping students awake. My classes would use it whetherin seminary or congregation." Frederick W Norris, EmmanuelSchool of Religion

"Cunningham's These Three Are One offers a constructivereinterpretation of the classical doctrine of the Trinity for ourtimes, and one that is nothing less than a revision of theChristian life itself in the terms set by Trinitarian belief.Drawing on the insights of spirituality, philosophy, ethics andliterature, the argument of this book makes an importantcontribution to Trinitarian theology and does so in a way that isas accessible as it is accomplished." John E. Thiel, FairfieldUniversity

"This is a most unusual and interesting book. He laments that he(and we) lack theology of embodiment adequate to his purpose.Cunningham's exposition of classical doctrine is both fascinatingand scholarly. He has done more than enough to persuade us that weneed one." Michael P. Wilson Hessle

"The thesis rests on the practical application of Trinitariantheology rather than its theoretical integrity, and here Cunninghamscores one hit after another. This is a book of rare insight."Dr Saxbee, Bishop of Ludlow

"Amoung the many books to have appeared recently on theChristian doctrine of the Trinity, this one is outstanding. Irecommend it highly to students who want to understand thehistorical development of this central theme, and to becomefamiliar with the most recent debates on the subject; but much morethan this, I commend it to pastors who want to know why thisdoctrine is an immensely practical one, shaping the exercise ofpastoral care and the whole nature of Christian communities. Thiswell-written highly accessible study will open out Trinitarianperspectives on ethics, worship, literature, rhetoric andspirituality. It is a piece of truly imaginative theology." PaulFiddes, Principal, RPC Oxford

"With this volume, David Cunningham offers a fresh andconstructive reinterpretation of the doctrine of the Trinity. Thiswork will establish Cunningham as a leader among a secondgeneration of theologians involved in the renaissance of theTrinitarian theology.....For teachers seeking a book on thedoctrine of the Trinity for upper-level, undergraduate theologyclasses or seminary classrooms, this work is highly recommended."Mark Medley, Simpsonville, KY

"This is a most unusual and interesting book. Cunningham'sexposition of classical doctrine is both fascinating andscholarly." Michael P. Wilson, Theology

"The passion with which Cunningham presents his argument is tobe applauded, as is his attention to the insensitivities that haveoften accompanied traditional Trinitarian claims." J. AlexanderSider, Duke University

"To readers who find theological treatises on the Trinity toodry, I can recommend [this] stimulating and original work by DavidS. Cunningham... the appeal of the book lies less in the detailthan in the general argument which is imaginative and fascinatingon the ways Trinitarian law has been received and its place in thelives of believers." Chronique de ThéologieTrinitaire

"These Three Are One is to be heartily recommended for itstheological creativity and its daring breadth of vision. Cunninghamoffers not just a doctrine of the Trinity but a dogmatics inoutline - a Trinitarian anthropology, a theology of grace, and therudiments of an ecclesiology with a theological ethics to boot. Ata time when there are many simplistic calls to practice Christiandoctrine, Cunningham's book is a welcome reminder of thecomplexities and the rich possibilities in enacting and embodyingTrinitarian doctrine." Journal of Religion

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