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The Christian Doctrine of God: One Being, Three Persons

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In a new paperback edition of a classic work, T. F. Torrance aims to clarify understanding of that most profound article of the Christian faith, the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.Adopting a holistic approach, he explains the inter-relatedness of the three Persons--Father, Son and Holy Spirit--and their dynamic Communion with the Being and Nature of God.Combining immense aca ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Continuum International Publishing Group
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Zach Waldis
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ended the year right with the Trinity. The only reason this book isn't 5 stars is that it's highly technical and highly repetitive (we are talking about the Triune God's overflowing love for all eternity, after all), but if you want a primer on the Trinity, especially in contrast to the subordinationist heresy which is so prominent in conservative circles these days, this book does the trick.
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not for the faint of heart or novice. While an outstanding book in every regard, Torrance's monumental work on the trinue nature of God presupposes important things for successfully navigating its pages: at least an elementary knowledge of 1) trinitarian controversies of the patistic era, 2) Greek, and to a lesser extent 3) Latin, and finally 4) modern trinitarian debates.

As a postive monograph detailing the three in one and one in three ontic identification of God, Torrance devotes little time
Jacob Aitken
This covers much of the same ground as his earlier *The Trinitarian Faith,* though with some new material. Such material, however, does not replace The Trinitarian Faith and if money is a factor, then get TTF instead.

Torrance centers his argument around the homoousion. It guarantees how we understand the internal relations in the Trinity. Not only are the persons homoousion, but so are the relations. Only in Christ is God’s self-revelation identical with himself” (Torrance 1). In Christ God has
Tyson Guthrie
Great book. Torrance offers many necessary correctives for Western Christian's in their doctrine of God. Still I'm never fully assured that he doesn't view the divine essence as a Person. This can be problematic since he explicitly denies that the Father is the Monarchy of the Godhead. To this end he claims the support of Gregory of Nazianzus, especially Or. 31.14. Not only is this a hotly debated passage (at least as patristic scholars rate hotness), but the best and most recent work on this pa ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This an amazing book densely packed in every way....including language. I doubt I got even 50% of what is offered here and will need to read this again. I have had the experience before with some writing by C. S. Lewis (The Four Loves, for example).

The point here (and to say this is doing a terrible disservice to this book) is that the study of the bile is "a whole". The Trinity at the heart of the Christian Gospel, God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) reveling himself through Himself. The book ra
Brian Watson
This book is mostly about the Trinity. While there is some good information in it, Torrance's style of writing is taxing. He writes very long sentences which are often reformulations of statements he has already made. The argumentation is not very linear, but rather circular in the sense that he repeats information before moving forward a bit, only to repeat previous information.

Oddly, Torrance is aware of his writing style--and apparently does nothing to change it! In the preface, he acknowled
G Walker
One of the densest books I have ever read... Not just because of the writing style (though that too is difficult)... but because the challenges in addressing such a rich mystery. This is a significant work, very important to any attempt at studying the historical, philosophical and biblical aspects of Trinitarianism - but honestly, I found it more edifying the second time through... While this is a work of Dogmatics, his works on the _Incarnation_ and _Atonement_ are much more accessible and sho ...more
David Scarratt
Jul 26, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
Some people love this stuff. I don't. I persevered well beyond the point demanded by charity, and in the end I spent several hours translating a couple of pages into English. I decided not to persist when several hundred words did, after careful perusal, actually appear to boil down to saying that God really is who he is. Life is too short for this.
S.D. Morrison
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible! Many great sections, but I especially enjoyed Torrance's engagement with Jürgen Moltmann in the last chapter. All around fantastic book.

Found this very helpful in essays on the Trinity
Sep 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best, actually the best constructive work on Trinitarian theology available.
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Thomas Forsyth Torrance, MBE FRSE (30 August 1913 – 2 December 2007), commonly referred to as T. F. Torrance, was a Scottish Protestant theologian. Torrance served for 27 years as Professor of Christian Dogmatics at New College, Edinburgh in the University of Edinburgh. He is best known for his pioneering work in the study of science and theology, but he is equally respected for his work in system ...more
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