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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

Brief but well said. And I

Brief but well said. And I think you hit it right on the head when you say, "the One and the Many are equally important and it takes a great deal of self-conscious effort to cultivate all three in the same parish." As an individual I struggle to be self-conscious about the Trinity let alone an entire parish. I suppose this is the crisis. It's the reason I think modern day evangelicalism is in need of a major over hall. All of the fragmentation of fringe groups each with an emphasis in one of the various Churches that you pointed out (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)is ultimately a failed attempt at the "Many". I regret that Trinitarian theologians haven't done a really good job at getting the word out. Or have they and I just missed it?