Review: The Holy Trinity in the Life of the Church

Posted February 25, 2015 in Faith, Reading, Review / 0 Comments

Review: The Holy Trinity in the Life of the ChurchThe Holy Trinity in the Life of the Church by Khaled Anatolios
Series: Holy Cross Studies in Patristic Theology and History
Publisher: Baker Academic (2014)
eARC (272 pages)
Via: NetGalley
Reading Challenges: 2015 Alphabet Soup, Read 2015


In this volume, a noted theologian brings together an ecumenical roster of leading scholars to explore trinitarian faith as it is concretely experienced in the life of the church. Drawing upon and fostering renewed interest in trinitarian theology, the contributors–including Brian E. Daley, John Behr, and Kathleen McVey–clarify the centrality of trinitarian doctrine in salvation, worship, and life. This is the third volume in Holy Cross Studies in Patristic Theology and History, a partnership between Baker Academic and the Pappas Patristic Institute of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. The series is a deliberate outreach by the Orthodox community to Protestant and Catholic seminarians, pastors, and theologians.

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This volume is a collection of essays on trinitarian theology. I only had to glance at the table of contents to know this would be a good book. The volume is divided into three parts. The first is four essays on the Trinity in Christian Worship. The second part is four essays on Jesus, the Trinity and Salvation. The third part is four essays on the Trintiy and the Ecclesial Being.

Now, it has been almost two years since I have been in a theology class. I have been struggling with picking good theology texts to read because I was so reliant on my professors at the university to pick the best books. I was just browsing when I happened upon this book. My trinitarian theology class was over three years ago and this book jumped out at me as I loved that class a lot.

The essays in this volume are so similar to what some of my professors would have picked out for our class. There were parts of these essays where I had to put the book down and pull out my class notes as I made a connection. This is not a quick read but rather a read that demands one’s full attention. The Trinity is a complex topic.

I’m not sure how to say a lot about this book as I am not a theologian. Sure, my undergraduate degree is in theology but I do not feel that I have the knowledge to articulate all that I liked about this book. I do know that I will be putting this book on my wishlist as there are parts that I most definitely want to reread.

If you are at all interested in trinitarian theology, I recommend this book. It will be a bit academic for some but that is just the nature of this subject.

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I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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