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Episode: Fred Sanders and OnScript host Matthew Bates talk Trinitarian theology. Fred’s exciting book, The Triune God, is the launching point for the discussion. Discover why it is imperative that we correctly order our Trinitarian doctrine (and why Matt shouldn’t be a narcissist), how Rahner’s Rule was formulated, and the appropriate boundaries of mystery in Trinitarian discourse. Fred and Matt also discuss why compromising Trinitarian doctrine invariably results in a compromise of the gospel itself. Fred’s book is loaded with exciting new proposals that all theologians and biblical scholars would do well to consider. Join the conversation.
Guest: Fred Sanders is a professor at Biola University in the Torrey Honors Institute. With Oliver Crisp he also co-convenes the Los Angeles Theology Conference. In addition to the book featured in this episode, The Triune God (Zondervan, 2016), he has also penned The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything (Crossway, 2010) and The Image of the Immanent Trinity: Rahner’s Rule and the Theological Interpretation of Scripture (Peter Lang, 2005).
Book: Fred Sanders, The Triune God (Zondervan, 2016). The Triune God aims to secure our knowledge of the triune God by rightly ordering the theological language with which we praise him. It reaches its conclusions about how the doctrine should be handled on the basis of the way the Trinity was revealed. As such, it is a study that offers dogmatic principles for trinitarian exegesis.
The OnScript Quip (our review): Spirited, spritely, and sparkling with energetic new proposals for the doctrine of the Trinity, The Triune God will stimulate scholars and students alike. Drawing on ancient sources and the best of contemporary scholarship, this is old wine in new wineskins, with fresh ideas bursting forth. — Matthew W. Bates, Quincy University, OnScript