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Trinitarian Crisis in Popular Evangelicalism

brorito's picture

Several years ago I came to the suspicion that the doctrine of the trinity had fallen on hard times. The lack of empirical indicators to prove such a statement left me only with a suspicion. However, it seemed to me that the doctrine of the trinity didn’t quite get the same recognition as some of the popular teachings like prosperity, morality, self-esteem, and relationships. Yet one cannot deny the perennial nature of the trinity and its related teachings. It doesn't take long before one begins to notice that within contemporary evangelicalism discourses seem to emphasize second order discourses and primary order discourses Christology, God, or the trinity were relegated to secondary status. It seems to me that the sentiment today is that the trinity is a doctrine to be believed not understood which I would say is a CRISIS. Any thoughts?

brorito's picture

Thanks for your reply Dustin

Thanks for your reply Dustin however to ignore what is as obvious as the nose on ones faith isn't helpful in what I would call a trinitarian crisis. When you say "I'm not sure I agree that other teachings are "better understood, articulated, and disseminated than Christology, God, or the trinity [sic]." it demonstrates a certain amount of disconnection with evangelicalism today and this is the problem that I am raising.

In popular evangelicalism there are discourses that I would call secondary that have been elevated to primary discourses. And sadly what should be a primary discourse (i.e. the trinity) has been relegated to secondary status. This is what I believe to be a crisis.

Anyway, thanks for the reply and the book citation. I will look it up.