Academic journal article Journal of Ecumenical Studies

Veli-Matti Karkkainen, Trinity and Revelation

Academic journal article Journal of Ecumenical Studies

Veli-Matti Karkkainen, Trinity and Revelation

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Veli-Matti Karkkainen, Trinity and Revelation. A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World 2. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014. Pp. 472. $40.00, paper.

Trinity and Revelation is the second in a planned five-volume series, by Pentecostal scholar and systematic theologian Karkkainen. In this work, he presents an in-depth, systematic, and constructive theology of the Trinity for contemporary theology, based on a broad survey of recent scholarship. In Part I, he discusses revelation in the Christian tradition, covering an impressive swath of themes cogently and concisely, including the inspiration of scripture, scripture and tradition in community, revelation and symbolism, natural and revealed theology, and revelation and scripture among the world religions. In Part II, he discusses traditional and contemporary methodology in trinitarian theology, the economic and immanent Trinity, Eastern and Western Christian views, hospitality and inclusion, and the Trinity, pluralism, and world religions.

Karkkainen seeks to engage in constructive theology in the tradition of such theologians as Tillich, Pannenberg, and Moltmann, yet to engage much more thoroughly with science, other religions, and non-European methods, such as liberation theology. His goal is to develop a theology and a theological method that is much broader and more globally inclusive, integrative, and relational, including the perspectives of a greater array of Christian traditions, other religions, and women. He also wishes to move away from abstract, formal theological discussion and toward a practical and dialogical method. He argues that traditional trinitarian theology became too abstract and thus was marginalized, but recently a more dynamic, engaging doctrine of the Trinity for today has begun to emerge. He argues that such a theology should be based on the dynamic biblical narrative of God, a complex and diverse story of God's interacting with humanity in the world. He also argues that the triune nature of God should have priority over God's unity as our starting point for theology, since this offers a strongly relational view of God that emerges from our collective stories or experiences. …

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