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The Triune Creator: A Historical and Systematic Study

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This book provides a theological history of the Christian doctrine of creation and explores the implications of the doctrine for our modern scientific age. Colin Gunton begins by looking at the origins of the doctrine of creation in the Bible and relating the biblical view to Greek cosmology. He then examines the history of the doctrine, showing how theologians from Irenae ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published December 1st 1998 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (first published October 1998)
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Jacob Aitken
This book is brilliance gone awry. It is essential reading simply because Gunton attempts a tour-de-force regarding ontology. I think he overshoots his case and horribly misreads several key figures. I will first state the bad:

Augustine: He criticizes Augustine for not having enough exegesis. However, St Augustine has more Trinitarian exegesis than does Gunton!

Aquinas: Gunton gives us th bald statement than Aquinas didn't need Christology in his Trinitarianism because he had Aristotle. Honestly?
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Thomas
Nov 04, 2013 Thomas rated it really liked it
Gunton pounds away at a central point which defined much of his theological project - one's doctrine of God shapes one's doctrine of creation. His main point of emphasis is that a recovery of God as Trinity solves a number of the central problems that plague contemporary theology and the world, not least in helping us better understand what it means to be creatures in relation - to God, to one another, and to the rest of creation.

The book provides a wide ranging (if idiosyncratic) overview of b
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Joseph Sverker
May 26, 2015 Joseph Sverker rated it really liked it
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2015: To my mind Gunton contributes to the theological world with this book in that he offers an overview of and contribution to the doctrine of creation. It is not that I have a waste knowledge of the place of doctrine of creation in the main theologians since the reformation, but my impression is that there certainly is a lack of a systematic study of it, as Gunton points out. Even though Gunton points out that the theologian should not be in the hands of the scientists when formulating a doct ...more
Tom
Sep 02, 2007 Tom rated it really liked it
The recent explosion of trinitarian studies is fascinating, and Colin Gunton has been in the thick of it. The may be the easiest introduction to his thoughts. I have mixed feelings about Gunton though. Sometimes brilliant. But sometimes I scratch my head and wonder how it is he misses the point so easily.
Heidi
Nov 25, 2008 Heidi marked it as to-read
Tim Keller recommends the works of Colin Gunton, especially this one, for "some extremely stimulating reflections on the promise of Trinitarian thought."
G Walker
Ehhh... ultimately redundant if you have read other more foundational or primary works by Gunton.
James
Sep 10, 2008 James rated it it was amazing
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This is a brilliant and wonderful book exploring creation and Trinitarian theology.
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Colin Ewart Gunton (1941-2003) was a British systematic theologian. As a theologian he made contributions to the doctrine of Creation and the doctrine of the trinity. He was Professor of Christian Doctrine at King's College London from 1984 and co-founder with Christoph Schwoebel of the Research Institute for Systematic Theology in 1988. Gunton was actively involved in the United Reformed Church i ...more
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