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Forsaken by Thomas H. McCall
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May 08, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012, theology-philosophy
Read in August, 2012

The book is organized in a series of helpful questions: Was the Trinity broken at the cross? Did the death of Jesus make it possible for God to love me? Was the death of Jesus a meaningless tragedy? Does [all of this] make a difference?

McCall, as he says in the introduction, does not make any claim for "originality or comprehensiveness" but he does present his arguments (and those of his dialogue partners) in an impressively clear and readable way, making this a significant resource for students and others who have neither the time nor inclination to tackle five-hundred-page theological monographs written in turgid, Germanic prose. Throughout, McCall largely supports a doctrine of God that is faithful to tradition, with the first chapter, on Christ's cry of dereliction and the possibility of a "broken Trinity" at the cross, as the best of the book. Highly recommended for a simple and clear introduction to the question of the Trinity and how it relates to the cross.

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