This book by the eminent Bible scholar and theologian Vern Poythress is a fascinating examination of developing a new way to think about and understand the Trinity. The author’s goal here is to provide a different framework to examine the relations within the Trinity, then flowing out to God’s relationship with humans. He proposes uses perspectives – points of view – to do this. He makes the case that people use perspectives all the time in examining themselves and the world around them, and we are certainly hearing a lot in society today about learning to see life, ethnicity and culture from differing perspectives.
Poythress first describes the three types of perspectives he uses in examining the Trinity, and then he begins to apply those three forms of perspectives to an examination of the Trinity. Within this examination, Poythress also shows how the use of thinking and defining in terms of perspectives can help with questions that have long puzzled Christians, such as how God is both transcendent and immanent, understanding the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and balancing the soveriegnty of God with human responsibility for their actions.
This book is by no means an easy and quick read, but careful and methodical reading of the ideas that Poythress presents will provide benefits and understandings that make the effort well-worth the time and energy. Highly recommended!
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