It is important to remember that Trinity is who God is. It's not some sort of strange add on that makes a simple God more complex and keeps theologians in business.
I am rather concerned that mission practitioners and missiologists are developing theories and strategies which are built on rather shaky theological foundations.
A 2009 survey by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada found that just 316 of 3,629 faculty members (8.7%) were non-Western. My own survey of Anglican training colleges in England in 2011 found the equivalent figure to be just 3.6% .
"... until recent years, systematic theology has at its best tolerated interpretations of Christology from outside the mainstream academic quarters, that is, mostly Euro-American and predominantly male theologians. Toleration has meant paying lip service to the role of "exotic" interpretations of Christ stemming from the soil of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and non-dominant cultures in … Continue reading Whose God: Whose Theology?
There is nothing like a bad analogy to introduce you to an ancient heresy!
Without doubt, Schreiner's King in His Beauty, The: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments is a contender for the best book I have read this year. Essentially, it is a trip through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, showing how the theme of the Kingdom of God links the different books into a coherent … Continue reading Books I Have Read: The King In His Beauty
I believe in a global theological accountability. We are all shaped by our contexts, personal and communal concerns, anxieties, questions and capabilities. This shapes how we read the Bible, how we develop theologies, what tools of interpretation we utilise, which metaphors we use and what topics we cover. This is not relativism, not a denial … Continue reading Hyphenated Theology
If truth be told, I wasn't planning to read this book, but on balance, I'm glad I did. Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament by Peter Enns looks at three big questions related to the Old Testament. There is a lot of similarity between some Old Testament stories and contemporary stories; for … Continue reading Books I Have Read: Inspiration and Incarnation
Genesis tells the story of the creation from two angles, each one emphasising different aspects of the relationship between God, mankind and creation. The first story (Genesis 1:26) highlights something about the nature and purpose of human beings. This story says that human beings, all of them, are made in the image of God. On … Continue reading Genesis and the Human Condition
Thanks to Antony Billington for pointing me to the latest edition of Credo Magazine, which is devoted to articles about the Trinity. ‘One of the dangers every church faces is slipping, slowly and quietly and perhaps unknowingly, into a routine where sermons are preached, songs are sung, and the Lord’s Supper is consumed, but all … Continue reading Credo on the Trinity