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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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Jan 15, 2014 Bob rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
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
Josue Manriquez
Mar 24, 2014 Josue Manriquez rated it it was amazing
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
May 16, 2011 Stef rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christians
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
Patrick Couch
Jul 12, 2016 Patrick Couch rated it it was amazing
"Remove the Father and you have no gospel. Remove the Son and the gospel ceases to exist. Remove the Spirit and the gospel has no existence. There is no separating the work of the triune God in salvation from the truth of the Trinity itself" (page 195). Who is God? He is trinity.

What is trinity and why does it matter? Well, read this book. I like the way in which White expresses his concern not to teach us theology at the level of the theological college, but at the level where theology matters,
Sep 30, 2013 Godly rated it it was amazing
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!
Olanma Ogbuehi
Sep 25, 2015 Olanma Ogbuehi rated it really liked it
A solid read, containing a sound defence of the Trinity as a Biblical doctrine. One of the most helpful aspects is that Dr White points out that we should not expect to find simplistic analogies in nature that can help us accurately grasp the incommunicable attributes of God. There are none of the well-intentioned, but inadequate and somewhat heretical illustrations that have been used to defend this doctrine. Rather, the reader is pointed towards the Scripture for evidence that of the one being ...more
Nicolas Barbeito
Jan 24, 2016 Nicolas Barbeito rated it it was amazing
"...There are some things in them that are hard to understand..." 2 Peter 3:16b. Nicely sums up any book which attempts to define and explain the Trinity. However, in this thin volume, White does a very good job of making it accessible to the everyday reader. Some work will be involved in understanding the text, but on the whole, this is a well written, even-handed treatment of how Christians derive a trinitarian view of God from the Bible.
"...which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own
London Tiner
Aug 19, 2013 London Tiner rated it it was amazing
Really good book on the trinity
Feb 05, 2016 Ibrahim marked it as to-read
Shelves: christian, roman
Facts about Trinity that some denominations in Christianity like that to which James White adheres, i.e., Calvinists, et al. 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 tha
A useful overview of the Trinity and Christology, providing a balanced approach that laypeople without training in Greek and Hebrew can profit from, with endnotes that get into more technical information for those interested who have training in Biblical Hebrew and Greek. James White makes it clear in the first chapter that the purpose of his book is not only to equip Christians to witness to Jehovah’s Witnesses and other groups with deny the Trinity and deity of Christ, but that it would also e ...more
Feb 08, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it
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
Patrick S.
Jan 20, 2015 Patrick S. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
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
Mar 25, 2014 Jonathan Rodebaugh rated it liked it
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
Mar 14, 2013 Craig Scott rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 30, 2016 James rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
I really enjoyed this book and felt that it did help me in both understanding the trinity, reinforcing my confidence in my understanding of the trinity and becoming excited at the real implications of what the trinity means. This book does discuss translation quite a bit and uses quite a bit of Greek, albeit all explained, no knowledge of Greek is required, but some might be put off by this.
Sean Higgins
Apr 18, 2014 Sean Higgins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, trinity
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.
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.
Mar 01, 2016 Justin rated it liked it
Not a fan of James White, but this book is a clear and concise treatment of the doctrine of the Trinity. Something all Christians can benefit from.
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
Nov 28, 2012 G Walker rated it it was ok
Shelves: trinity, dogmatics
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
Mar 15, 2014 Jeffrey Backlin rated it liked it
Shelves: theology
Standard and helpful discussion of Trinity by a reformed thinker.
Dec 29, 2015 Dan rated it it was amazing
Like many of the church's theologians, James White is a smart man. Very smart.

In this volume however, he goes a long way to take a topic which scholars have discussed for centures & has put it into the hands (and words!) of the Everyman.

This is a great treatment of the doctrine of the Trinity, as taught in scripture. Whether you are a seasoned theologian, a layperson or anything in between, you will be blessed as White leads you to see our triune God as even more awe inspiring, more glorious
Mar 24, 2012 Tim rated it it was amazing
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!!
Apr 19, 2015 Alan rated it it was amazing
White wrote a great introductory to the Trinity. Excellent. I'd highly recommend.
Jun 15, 2011 Joseph rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
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
May 01, 2016 Ian Hammond rated it it was amazing
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.
Bradly J
Apr 09, 2007 Bradly J rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 22, 2014 Michael Cunningham rated it really liked it
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
Jun 29, 2011 Shane Mcgrath rated it really liked it
There is something about studying the Trinity that inspires me. White does a good job of laying out this important doctrine.
Glenn Hendrickson
Nov 24, 2011 Glenn Hendrickson rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on the subject of the trinity! Deep yet readable, it is accessible to readers without theological training.
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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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“The idea that there is some kind of contradiction between the in-depth study of God’s Word, so as to know what God has revealed about himself, and a living, vital faith is inherently self-contradictory.” 2 likes
“MELITO OF SARDIS Melito, bishop of Sardis, died around the year A.D. 180. Until recently, few students of church history paid much attention to him. One of the reasons might be that he ended up on the “wrong side” of the ancient debate over how to determine the date of Easter. Only recently a sermon on the Passover was found, penned by Melito. It provides us with a tremendous insight into the theology of the late second century. I reproduce here just one section, which requires no commentary, only a hearty “Amen!”: And so he was lifted up upon a tree and an inscription was attached indicating who was being killed. Who was it? It is a grievous thing to tell, but a most fearful thing to refrain from telling. But listen, as you tremble before him on whose account the earth trembled! He who hung the earth in place is hanged. He who fixed the heavens in place is fixed in place. He who made all things fast is made fast on a tree. The Sovereign is insulted. God is murdered. The King of Israel is destroyed by an Israelite hand. This is the One who made the heavens and the earth, and formed mankind in the beginning, The One proclaimed by the Law and the Prophets, The One enfleshed in a virgin, The One hanged on a tree, The One buried in the earth, The One raised from the dead and who went up into the heights of heaven, The One sitting at the right hand of the Father, The One having all authority to judge and save, Through Whom the Father made the things which exist from the beginning of time. This One is “the Alpha and the Omega,” This One is “the beginning and the end” . . . the beginning indescribable and the end incomprehensible. This One is the Christ. This One is the King. This One is Jesus. This One is the Leader. This One is the Lord. This One is the One who rose from the dead. This One is the One sitting on the right hand of the Father. He bears the Father and is borne by the Father. “To him be the glory and the power forever. Amen.” The deity of Christ, His two natures, His virgin birth, His being the Creator, His distinction from the Father—all part and parcel of the preaching of the bishop of Sardis near the end of the second century.” 2 likes
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