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The Quest for the Trinity: The Doctrine of God in Scripture, History and Modernity

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The doctrine of the Trinity was settled in the fourth century, and maintained, with only very minor disagreement or development, by all strands of the church--Western and Eastern, Protestant and Catholic--until the modern period. In the twentieth century, there arose a sense that the doctrine had been neglected and stood in need of recovery. In The Quest for the Trinity, ...more
Paperback, 231 pages
Published November 28th 2012 by IVP Academic (first published October 29th 2012)
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Adam Shields
Mar 21, 2013 Adam Shields rated it really liked it
Short Review: (Read the long review this is a technical book). Holmes focus is showing that modern trinitarian theology is fundamentally different than the Trinitarian doctrine developed by the Patristic fathers of the first several centuries of Christianity. This is historical theology and I think we need more historical theology, especially in the Evangelical church world. I think he makes his point well in most areas. Modern language has altered the idea of personhood and substance so the ...more
James
Nov 09, 2012 James rated it it was amazing
In the twentieth century there was a flowering of Trinitarian theology from such luminaries as Karl Barth, Karl Rahner, John Zizioulas, Jurgen Moltmann, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Robert Jenson, Miroslav Volf, Leonardo Boff, Cornelius Plantinga, Michael Rea, Brian Leftow and others. While this so-called Trinitarian revival begins with Barth and best intentions (to rescue the doctrine of the Trinity from Liberal theology’s refuse pile) those that followed him took avenues which broke with the ...more
Thomas
Jun 05, 2015 Thomas rated it really liked it
Holmes gets full marks for concision and clarity. For a broad overview, he provides just the right amount of detail to take a reader interested in the history of the doctrine of the Trinity a little deeper into some of the different debates, figures and works that have shaped the doctrine through time (with helpful footnotes for readers who want to dig deeper). In his historical work Holmes advances the thesis (picking up on the work of Ayres, and others) that Augustine's understanding of the ...more
Marc Cortez
Oct 18, 2013 Marc Cortez rated it it was amazing
For a complete evaluation, check out my full review.

In The Quest for the Trinity, Steve Holmes offers an invaluable study of the Trinity, its historic development, and its use in modern theology. Any student of theology would be well advised to spend some time assimilating the book and its arguments.

The strengths of the book clearly lie in Holmes obvious familiarity with a tremendous range of historical and theological data. And he does a fine job keeping the wealth of research from obscuring t
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Theodore Zachariades
Jan 18, 2013 Theodore Zachariades rated it it was amazing
Shelves: trinitarianism
This is one of the best books that I have read in my life. The author covers his subject with great skill and with wide-ranging knowledge. I was extremely satisfied as he draws on so much of contemporary discussion and then challenges some of the assumptions of the moderns with penetrating insights from the formative era of Patristic theology. One will find insightful analysis from a host of writers throughout church history and a masterful handling of secondary literature to boot.

As someone who
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Bob
Jul 10, 2013 Bob rated it liked it
Stephen R Holmes proposes that the revival in Trinitarian studies in fact is a departure for classic Trinitarian doctrine. He demonstrates this by a survey of Trinitarian theology from the patristic era to the present. Part of his argument is a demonstration that East and West, Greek and Latin theologians were in fact in agreement with regard to the Trinity. Furthermore, he maintains that until the 18th century, the church continued to hold to these positions with little modification.

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G Walker
Good and helpful overview... Kind of a small volume for all that he is trying to address... but Holmes (as he has displayed time and again elsewhere) is a good and clear communicator. Raises many good questions, and has a ton of good insight... I think he misses the point substantially though in the methodology between East and West and in turn the theological and ecclesiastical implications that lie there in... To function as a corrective, or at least a source of further illumination on that ...more
Melanie
Jan 31, 2016 Melanie rated it really liked it
This book provides a nice overview of the development of the doctrine of the Trinity. The author manages to distill an enormous amount of material into 200 pages, and offers a lengthy bibliography that is helpful for further study. My linear mind would have liked to have the material organized a bit differently; however, this text impressively accomplishes the mighty task of taking the reader through the historical development of the "doctrine of God," and I found it to be instructive and ...more
Malcolm Yarnell
May 27, 2013 Malcolm Yarnell rated it it was amazing
Holmes has written an excellent history of the doctrine of the Trinity with a provocative thesis that the Trinitarian revival of recent years is no such thing. This British Baptist's book will be discussed though most will probably disagree.
Jason
Jul 03, 2015 Jason rated it liked it
I posted my review of this book here: http://jasongoroncy.com/2014/04/15/st...
Carlyn Cole
Sep 07, 2016 Carlyn Cole rated it really liked it
I wouldn't start here in reading a history of the doctrine of God, but with some previous background it is quite good.
Nathan White
Oct 18, 2013 Nathan White rated it really liked it
Excellent, concise overview of the doctrine of the Trinity. Surprisingly easy to read given the deep subject matter. Highly recommended.
Brian Leport
Aug 02, 2014 Brian Leport rated it really liked it
I am not expert on the doctrine of the Trinity, but I found this book to provide a helpful overview of the doctrine's development.
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Shelves: theology-trinity
Spectacular survey and historical commentary. Highly recommended.
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Jul 24, 2014 Tom rated it it was amazing
A great book. Essential reading. Reverses the current move towards social trinity.
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