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A specialist in the doctrine of the Trinity explains how the
gospel is inherently Trinitarian, and how this adds depth and
richness to faith and the Christian life.


The doctrine of the Trinity is widely taught and believed by
evangelicals, but rarely is it fully understood or celebrated.
Systematic theologian Fred Sanders, in The Deep Things of
God,
shows why we ought to embr

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Published August 4th 2010 by Crossway
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Ken
The author readily communicates his enthusiasm for this ancient, necessary doctrine. Without the Trinity nothing in the New Testament would make sense. Doctor Sanders must obviously tread a narrow line to win and keep his Evangelical readers' trust. He cannot get too philosophical or refer too often to the liturgical traditions of Christianity. He limits himself to the Bible, with some use of the Old Testament, and to pre-modern Evangelical theologians. He would have made his case stronger had h ...more
Barnabas Piper
Wonderful look at the trinity and how it is the foundation and life of the gospel. it's a bit dense in parts, but that should be expected from a book on the trinity. what was truly remarkable was how practical the imp l locations were for a Christian.
Sean Post
Sanders aims to show how the Trinity is the gospel, and the gospel is thoroughly Trinitarian. Even more specifically the book is written to display how a tacit Trinitarianism is woven throughout evangelical tradition.

What might seem strange about this thesis is that many new Christians might not know much - if anything - about the Trinity. But that does not change the reality that when we swim in the waters of salvation we are swimming in the reality of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
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David
This book has become one of my all time favorite books. Sanders does an amazing job to show "how the Trinity changes everything" and how the Trinity lies at the very bedrock of the Gospel and Christian life. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. It is a must read!
He brilliantly addresses the three common questions Evangelicals tend to ask about the Trinity: Is it biblical? Does it make sense? Does it matter?
His book can best be summarized in the last sentence of his preface, "A Christian
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David
This is a good introduction to the doctrine of the Trinity. The practical impact of the Biblical teaching on the Triune nature of God is made clear here.
Rusty
Get help thinking about the Trinity from this little book and you will never think in the same terms again. Very true to it's title. Awesome read.
Demetrius
Nov 28, 2014 Demetrius rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: New Believers
It's a good read but he tends to lean on the side of fundamentalism. It doesn't take away from the point his is trying to get across too much (That the Trinity is in everything that Christians do, even if it is just tacit). It does get in the way in a few chapters at the end, but be charitable.

On the other hand he does do a lot of awkward block quoting, and does ramble on the same point quite a lot. If you're looking for a fully packed interesting and enlightening read, this will most likely not
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Tony Arsenal
For those who follow my blog, you know that the doctrine of the Trinity is not only my theological specialty, but is also an area that I think is radically vital for the life of the Church and those Christians who constitute her. For this reason, I jumped at the opportunity to review the Deep Things of God by Fred Sanders. This relatively short (Aprox. 250 pages) book is an absolute treasure and is a valuable contribution to not only the field of theology, but also serves as a text which urges t ...more
Jared Totten
Perhaps no word has been more central to evangelical writing and discussion in the past decade than the word "gospel". So when Fred Sanders' latest book The Deep Things of God offers insight into "How the Trinity changes everything" some may write it off as secondary. This would be a big mistake. Early on, Sanders makes a compelling argument (one he unpacks throughout the book) that "the gospel is Trinitarian, and the Trinity is the gospel".

As the title implies, this book gets into the deep thin
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Sarah
Does belief in the Trinity matter for the life of faith? Fred Sanders says YES, showing not only why the Trinity is important, but how the Trinity is the gospel. He does so in a way that is challenging for the theology student, yet accessible to those without formal theological training -- quite an achievement. Especially refreshing is his demonstration of ways that evangelical faith has historically been deeply, if tacitly, Trinitarian; these riches remain deeply embedded in it, in some cases s ...more
Jessica Snell
"The Deep Things of God" is a long and measured look at the doctrine of the Trinity, with a mind to claiming that doctrine as a foundation of evangelical life.

After spending a chapter examining some examples of evangelical writings about the Trinity, Sanders spends the bulk of the middle of the book explaining the doctrine of the Trinity and then examining the height and depth and breadth of the gospel as it grows out of the doctrine of the Trinity.


"Edifying" is the word I want for the bulk of
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Paul
Fred Sanders sets out to show us the centrality of the Trinity to the Gospel and the faith in this book.

Sanders' analysis on the role of Trinitarianism in modern evangelicalism is that it is not explicit enough. He correctly identifies that much of the Trinitarianism to modern evangelicalism is tacit. Most of the time we encounter the Trinity in the recitation of our creeds - it sees little of the robust applications of doctrines favoured by evangelicals such as justification. Sanders (with the
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Austin
This book really begins in chapter 2 with the discussion on the internal "happy land" of the Trinity. Saunders addresses many interesting questions such as "Why did a perfectly happy God feel the need to create us creatures? Was he lonely". While it certainly isn't a definitive response, I find Saunders ideas noteworthy, and better than any answer to the question I have personally encountered.

Skipping ahead to chapter 4, what I regard as the meat of the book, I find the most interesting discuss
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Aaron Choi
[not a review. simply a personal synopsis since i thought i'd benefit by taking notes]

The Trinity is absolutely fundamental to the Christian experience. Trinitarian understanding is presupposed in and fundamental to the Gospel. However, most believers look upon the Trinity as a set of doctrinal formulations that are divorced from the practicality of daily life. Because the everyday pertinence of the Trinity is not explicitly understood, the Trinity recedes into the background of evangelical pri
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David
When people come to Christian belief and practice, the subject of the Trinity often makes them stumble. Does it matter? What difference does it make? Is it just something invented to confuse people? Fred Sanders' book is a fantastic contribution because it provides a great answer to those questions and more. This book is not necessarily an easy read, but if taken slowly I believe it could be beneficial for any Christian seeking a better understanding.

Sanders is an Evangelical, not a group known
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Matthew
A conservative, evangelical overview of trinitarian theology. It was very helpful in places. Sanders reviews the (conservative) evangelical tradition and demonstrates all the variety of ways the doctrine of the trinity can enhance and is supported by the tradition. My only criticism - not enough Barth! But given Barth's reception in North American evangelicalism, particularly among conservatives, I'm not surprised. Nonetheless, a very good introduction.
Matthew
This book entitled "The deep things of God" was surprisingly shallow. Having studied the Trinity now for the last several months I have found this to be the least useful of all the books I've read. Phrases repeated over and over like "the happy land of the Trinity" might give you an idea of the actual depth of this book. The main focus is on the economy of salvation which admittedly can't be overstated, but only glances at the imminent Trinity and the depth and beauty of that reality. I suspect ...more
William Dicks
The book was not at all what I expected. It is not a bad book, but it just seemed to me to have a lot of philosophical discussion around the Trinity, and lots of quotes from evangelicals from the past about the Trinity. If you are looking for a book that interacts with the Biblical text, and that looks at the relevant Biblical texts exegetically, then this is not the book for you. Rather look at The Forgotten Trinity by James White.

However, if you are looking at how evangelicals have looked at t
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G Walker
Good book. Helpful follow up to Ralph Smith's _Trinity and Reality_. Helpful is showing the robustness and importance of a fully Trinitarian world and life view. Helpful by way of a primer in helping think about how important the Trinity is in all aspects of life... Some deficiencies though... too Western (though he does occasionally give a polite nod to the East) and while the book is refreshing (especially coming from mainstream evangelical Mecca Biola) it suffers from that too - that is, it i ...more
Godly
By far one of the best books I've ready on Trinitarian theology. Not much of an apologetics book but more pastoral and edifying. I would recommend ALL evangelicals to read this book to understand the trinitarian foundations of our faith tradition!
Bruno
To all my Christian friends, this is one book I would heartily recommend for all of us to read and to grasp.

The Trinity is not just abstract doctrine that shows that God is beyond our understanding.

The Trinity is the Gospel. This makes the Gospel itself much deeper and more wonderful than most of us can imagine or articulate. The Trinity through the Gospel is life and love into which we are invited to participate.


"There is 'the ordinary simple Christian at prayer' praying to the Father, assisted
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Mayowa Adebiyi
Essentially a lesson on how not to put a central truth in a corner just because we find it hard to explain or fully understand. Sander's approach is to discuss from what believers already tacitly know.
Richie
Sanders calls us not so much as to change the way we interact with God as evangelicals, but rather to open up our eyes to the ways evangelicals are truly trinitarian. Evangelicalism finds its roots in the deep things of God, the Trinity. The Trinity is the Gospel, the good news that we are called into this threefold like of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Sanders shows this through both biblical passages and the two thousand years of church history, calling more specifically on the the past 400 ye ...more
Michael
This is a much needed paradigm shift in the study of Theology. It harmonizes a number things I have heard and not understood from biblical teachers over the last few years.

One of the most distressing things I've noticed since becoming a Christian is that so many believers are so Christocentric, they often come off as Unitarian. The focus on Jesus (while neglecting the father and ignoring the Spirit) and the truncated gospel, prevalent in evangelical churches, directly contribute to our spiritua
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Bradley Davis
Very good intro for anyone desiring to learn more about the Trinity. Never attempts to defend it solve it as an issue. Rather, he assumes and shows how it is foundational for all of Christianity. Good book.
Matt Carpenter
I learned much from this book but it wasn't bowled over by it. It is great for learning how a God has stamped His nature in all that He created.
Carlyn Cole
Great read. While it may not be the only book you read on the Trinity, it should be one of them.
Adam Shields
Short Review: Sanders is trying to show an Evangelical audience how and why the Trinity is important to Evangelical Theology by quoting Evangelicals. The weakness of the book is the editorial decision to focus on Evangelical sources. There are good things here, but because I am trying to focus on depth of thinking about the Trinity it was frustrating for me. It is like he is trying to show importance of Soccer to the world of sports by only looking at how Soccer has been thought about in the US ...more
Jeanie
Wow I finally finished this book. It requires deep thinking which is one reason it took so long. Sanders lays a strong foundation that if you go thru the whole book, it will be a blessing to you. It does show thru the trinity what a great salvation we have. The trinity is the Gospel explained, revealed, empowered, etc. Looking at the trinity while reading the word, praying and serving the Lord, we will have more of understanding and not misled by unsound doctrine. I think my favorite chapter was ...more
Andy
A very helpful, clear and practical Trinitarian theology from someone who is refreshingly unembarassed about being an evangelical.
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Fred Sanders is associate professor of theology at Biola Unitersity's Torrey Honors Institute. A popular blogger and speaker, Sanders has authored numerous journal articles and written or contributed to several books.
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