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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?

Noshic's picture

proper understanding

John MacArther says in 'Gospel according to Jesus' that many evangelicals have no time to examine the evangel.. That's partly true..because though they know their Bible inside out, and can quote their favourite verses at will, many have not taken the time or the effort to integrate it all in sound doctrinal terms - which maintains the consistency despite seeming contradictions, and brings about the essense of the gospel...providing substance for belief..

What you see is more of a rote-learning of the Word of God as opposed to a proper understanding at times - which is why some exceedingly important themes are never really touched upon in the churches..I don't believe for a moment that a simple proclamation of faith in Christ is all that's important, and these things don't matter..Faith without its proper substance is just faith in an imaginary idol..So I too really hope that ministers of the flock would pay more attention to communicating doctrinal understanding such as you have mentioned