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The Forgotten Trinity

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"No doctrine is more fundamental to the Faith than the Trinity. And there is no more brief, clear, biblical, and practical explanation of the Trinity than on these pages." Dr. Norman L. Geisler D
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by Bethany House Publishers
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Abe TheSemite
Facts about Trinity that the likes of James White deny:

1- “The formulation ‘One God in three Persons’ was not solidly established, certainly not fully assimilated into Christian life and profession of faith, prior to the end of the fourth century. Among the Apostolic Fathers, there had been nothing even remotely approaching such a mentality or perspective. ” New Catholic Encyclopedia, 14:299.

2- "Modalism was the view that evidently was held by a majority of Christians at the beginning of the th
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Bob
I've been interested in church history recently, and I keep coming back to the torturous struggle that Christianity had in clearly defining the Trinity. I was having a hard time understanding what the big deal was, so I looked up what some respected people said was the best book available about the Trinity, and it was this. I was not at all disappointed.

It was not quite what I expected: it reads more as a defense of the doctrine of the Trinity contrasted with the many misunderstandings/heresies
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Stef
James White writes, in the first chapter of The Forgotten Trinity, that "Most Christians do not understand what the term [The Trinity] means and have only a vague idea of the reality it represents", and it's true. I've been attending church all my life, and though I've sat through numerous sermons on God and the Father and Jesus Christ, it's very rare for the preachers of the churches I frequent to delve deeper into the topic of the Holy Spirit or the Trinity.

This book is a thorough, clear, bibl
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Josue Manriquez
Anyone who desires to worship God in spirit and truth should read this book. Its purpose is not to provide an exhaustive, apologetic on the doctrine of the Trinity. Rather, it contains a concise explanation of the doctrine of the trinity, including very pastoral reasons as to why it matters and should be cherished.

Although I would love for Dr. White to write an exhaustive book on this subject, he has done an amazing job with this one! I was very pleased with how much he *did* include, and at how
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London Tiner
Really good book on the trinity
Linda
The Trinity: possibly the most difficult concept of all the orthodox Christian doctrines. You have likely heard one or more of these explanations of the Trinity:

- The Trinity is like an egg, which consists of the shell, the white, and the yolk.
- The Trinity is like water, which can exist as ice, liquid, and steam.
- The Trinity is like a man who is simultaneously a father, a son, and a husband.

When it comes right down to it, no earthly, man-made analogy can adequately explain the Trinity; they al
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Patrick S.
A really great book on the subject. White deals with the subject in a very logical and well formulated order. The writing isn't so over scholarly that it's tough, it's written for anyone to pick up and read (which is the stated purpose of the book). White's writing is always on target and biblical. He gives each topic the serious and hard look it needs and even pulls in logical and historical claims with the understanding they are secondary to the biblical text. Not only does he make his case fo ...more
Jonathan Rodebaugh
This book started out very dry (boring). As it progressed, i found myself more interested. White's exposition of trinitarian theology is spot on, i just struggled with the writing style (especially early on). Having listened to several of White's debates, i am familiar with his voice and cadence. I began reading this book in his voice and cadence (if that makes sense) and that helped immensely during the dry sections. By the middle and end, i was really connecting with White and his exegesis. Th ...more
Craig Scott
There are many good books on the Trinity. Robert Letham & Stephen Holmes have produced two of the best in recent years. But if you want a Book that deals with the Trinity in a Biblical exegetical manner then this is the one. Dr. White, in the introduction, deals with he reality of evangelical Christianity, we are by conviction Trinitarian, but functionally modalists. Listen to many preachers and they treat the Godhead in modal manners, so this book is one to understand from the text of Scrip ...more
Sean Higgins
A great resource to study the Scriptural truth about the Trinity on the grammatical and logical levels. Without the Trinity there is no good news. As White says near the end of the book:

The Gospel is the means by which the Father, in eternal love and mercy, saves men through the redeeming work of the Son, Jesus Christ, and draws them to himself by the power and regenerating work of the Spirit. The Gospel, as it is proclaimed in Scripture, is Trinitarian. Remove the Father and you have no Gospel.
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Leandro Guimarães Faria Corcete DUTRA
Pretty good introduction to the Trinity doctrine for Evangelicals who have always adhered to it but always wondered what all the fuss is about.

Good not only doctrinally but also historically.
Josh Russell
As always; James White can take very complex things, and make them easy to understand. This was a great introduction to the great truth of the Trinity.
Ciarabrowne
Great introductory overview of the doctrine of the Trinity including a look at the historical issues faced by the church on this topic.
G Walker
This was one of the earlier books that I read on the subject... earlier on in my bible school days. Basic but helpful. I like White - even when I take issue with him (he is a baptist after all), I sense that he is always genuine and sincere in his pursuit of knowing God (personally!) and he writes for the church - not himself or a close group of academic colleagues and for this he is to be commended. Too, for a book this size, he does a fair bit of exegetical and historical work that is typicall ...more
Jeffrey Backlin
Standard and helpful discussion of Trinity by a reformed thinker.
Skipper Boatwright
This is fantastic. White has written a very accessible book on the Trinity for the average churchgoer. I am a Senior undergraduate theology major at Union University, yet was still able to learn key insights concerning the functionality of the Trinity. My only criticism is White's frequent use of Greek passages. He does a very good job (in my opinion) of explaining the Greek text for the English reader, but for someone who has had no training in Greek, it could prove to be sluggish reading.
Tim
On chapter 4. So far a fantastic book. Great theological explanations in a readable manner. I love the Trinity! Finished the book, very well done. A fantastic exposition of the scriptures and why we believe in the trinity. Also a glorious presentation of the beauty and majesty of our one God YHWH in three person, Father, Son and Spirit. Praise God for His glory!!
Godly
An excellent book that goes into the reasoning, a brief history and sufficiently explores the exegetical and interpretive framework for why Christians have held to the doctrine of the Trinity for 2000 yrs. I really enjoyed the work done by James on exegeting the text and how the authors of the NT understood Christ's deity and declared it as such!
Joseph
This is an excellent, clearly written book on a often-misunderstood topic. It's written on a popular level so it can be understood by the layman. As usual White is clear and concise in his writing with the goal to push people to worship and not just to be equipped to discuss and argue.
Ian Hammond
This book is near the top of my list. It is very readable, easily understood, and also intellectually stimulating. The doctrine of the Trinity is central to the Christian belief system, and sadly, it is often neglected.
Chris Whisonant
Wonderful book on the doctrine of the Trinity. If you have some confusion about it, you should pick up this book!
Bradly J
To date, this is the best treatment I've found on the subject. It is a very readable book. I recommended this more than once when I was working in books.
Michael Cunningham
This was a very readable, helpful and encouraging theological book. I need and want to re-read it. There's some excellent end notes as well.
Shane Mcgrath
There is something about studying the Trinity that inspires me. White does a good job of laying out this important doctrine.
Glenn Hendrickson
Excellent book on the subject of the trinity! Deep yet readable, it is accessible to readers without theological training.
Victor Chininin
A clear, concise, and yet precise theological walk through the inexhaustible riches of the Triune God.
Gary
Appreciated the thoroughness of this book and particularly it's apologetic focus
Shawn
I thought this was a great book! Good for anyone who is looking to learn more about God.
Ryan Ray
Great book by Dr. White. Had put it down for a bit, but glad I finished it!
Alex
A great explanation of the Trinity. Highly recommended!
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James White is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a professor, having taught Greek, Systematic Theology, and various topics in the field of apologetics. He has authored or contributed to more than twenty four books, including The King James Only Controversy, The Forgotten Trinity, The Potter’s Freedom, and The God Who J ...more
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