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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?

VernG's picture

Trinitarian Crisis

There has been a discussion going on for the last 40 years or so in theological circles concerning the demise of the Trinity and the need to have it become something more than an abstract article of faith Christians ascribe to and something that actually impacts daily life and faith. The single best summation of this discussion that I know of can be found in Rediscovering the Triune God by Stanley Grenz. James B. Torrance has written a book the practical implications of the Trinity in worship called, Worship, Community and the Triune God of Grace.Unfortunately much of this discusion has not made it's way down into the congregational level of the Church.