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Fortress Press
ISBN 0800636546
Released: April 15, 2004

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Rediscovering the Triune God: The Trinity in Contemporary Theology 
By Stanley J. Grenz

Theologian Stanley Grenz here tells the story of trinitarian theology in the last century. He analyzes the remarkable ferment in the discipline and discusses key theologians—such as Karl Rahner, Jürgen Moltmann, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Robert Jenson, Elizabeth Johnson, Catherine Mowry LaCugna, Leonardo Boff, John Zizioulas, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Thomas F. Torrance—on such issues as God's inner life versus God's relationship to creation (immanent and economic trinity), social versus psychological analogies for the relationships within God, the relationship between trinity and Christology, the feminist critique of classical categories, and how God's trinitarian life figures in evolution, social justice, and spirituality. Grenz's introduction places this ferment historically in the course of Christian thought from the medieval period to now, while his conclusion sets a future agenda for the doctrine and theology.

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Noted theologian Stanley J. Grenz here tells the remarkable story of trinitarian theology in the last century. He analyzes the creative ferment that has engaged Christianity's best minds in a century-long rethinking of the inner life of God, God's relationship to the world, and our destiny in God.

"In this work, Stanley Grenz continues as a leading voice for the recovery of a vigorous trinitarian theology. Rediscovering the Triune God is a model of careful and judicious exposition, and the author has a fine ability to situate complex ideas in their theological context. . . . Anyone wishing to learn about the basic trends of recent trinitarian theology will find this an accessible and comprehensive review. Grenz captures very well the sense that a major shift has taken place in Christian theology."
-Samuel M. Powell
Point Loma Nazarene University

"Rediscovering the Triune God is a retrospective of the theological conversations, texts and critiques, of Protestant and Catholic theologians on the Trinity in the twentieth century. . . . A clarity of thought and progression, and a spirit of openness that Grenz brings to his study, invite the reader into the discussion. This text may also serve to open new avenues of communication in interreligious dialogue, helping to make sense of why Christians hold onto a belief in the Trinity."
-Jean Donovan
Duquesne University


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