Last night we entered the wide world of trinitarian studies in our Doctrine class at CrossPointe Waterford Lakes. Just like I did last Monday, I’m posting the lecture slides. In addition, this time I’ve got some additional resources that might be helpful and/or interesting for any of you all who want to read further.
If you’re interested in more detailed interaction with a more recent and exhaustive (or exhausting) systematic theology, here are my posts in a review series of Michael Horton’s The Christian Faith:
If you’re more of a visual person, then these two infographics might be useful:
If I could recommend three books (of course) for additional reading, I’d pick these as essential:
- Delighting In The Trinity (a great, easy to read introduction)
- The Deep Things of God (an intermediate, but still very accessible book on the Trinity)
- The Holy Trinity (a bit more advanced, mainly due to scope, but the best comprehensive resource for the average Christian)
For that last book, I’m actually hosting a book club read through on Wednesdays. If you’re interested, let me know, we’re only 3 chapters in at this point.
As for additional free online reading, here is a list of posts that spell out a doctrinal statement I put together on the Trinity:
- The Father is God
- The Son is God
- The Holy Spirit is God
- And There is One God (part 1)
- And There is One God (part 2)
When it comes to detailed discussion of the divine attributes, we’ll get to that next week. But, this will give you a little more context than Driscoll’s book provides (and by a little, I mean a lot).
If you’re not necessarily interested in reading a dense doctrinal statement, you could always read a dialogue series I made called “Toward a Trinitarian Worldview:
You’ll have to pardon the roughness of the dialogue. I wrote it in my second semester of seminary after taking some inspiration from Plato. The plausibility of the dialogue actually happening is pretty low, but hopefully the concepts are more understandable in this format.
If you found the analogies I offered helpful (the Speaker, Word, Breath, and Mind, Self-Image, Charisma) there is a more detailed discussion of that kind of thing in this post. I would articulate things a bit differently now, but the I would still agree with the general contours I expressed before.
Taking it a step further, if you want to get super philosophical about how the Trinitarian existence of God under-girds all reality, then this couple of posts might interested you:
These posts were written back before I got the concept of “shorter on the internet is better.” It was also in that vein that I wrote a critical review of The Shack, which is worth your time if you read that book and found it compelling. In short, I think the book does far more damage than good, and only serves to perpetuate a deficient understanding of our Trinitarian God.