Magazine article Cross Currents

The Living and True God, the Mystery of the Trinity

Magazine article Cross Currents

The Living and True God, the Mystery of the Trinity

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Miami: Convivium, 2010. 492 pp. pb, npi.

Luis F. Ladario is a Spanish Jesuit theologian and a Roman Catholic Archbishop currently serving as the Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith at the Vatican. He has been a professor of theology at the Papal Gregorian University in Rome since 1984. Prior to that he was a professor at the Comillas University hala Madrid, and from 1992 to 1997, he was a member of the International Theological Commission and has been the General Secretary of that commission since 2004. He has published a volume on Theological Anthropology, three volumes on Hillary of Poitiers, one on the Trinity, one on Christology, and one on Jesus as the universal savior.

This present volume has 12 chapters. Chapter one is an introduction. It asserts that God as revealer is the primary subject of theology and the Christian idea of God is an original idea, and thus unique. Although trinity is an obscure concept, God-as-Trinity is the character at the center of Christian faith. Systematic Theology is a special kind of address to the question of the nature and function of God that differs from Biblical Theology in its constructs and formulae.

Chapter two addresses the esoteric distinction and relationship between

the Economic Trinity and the Immanent Trinity. This includes the scholastic discussion of the question, explicates the manner in which the OT prepares for the NT articulation of the function of the trinity in revelation, and probes the manner in which this applies to real life experience. Then La-dario moves into Christology and the Biblical Theology of Incarnation. Thus chapter three concerns the divine revelation in the life of Jesus. This author's explication of the theological issues in the orthodox view of Jesus, God the father of Jesus, Jesus as Son of God, God as father of all humans, and what it means that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit.

In discussing the baptism of Jesus and the voice from heaven that anointed him for his vocation, the author addresses the problem of adop-tionism, preexistence, and humanness in Jesus as the incarnation of the Logos. One gets the impression that he prefers the notion of Jesus' adoption into his vocation at his baptism, but he reviews objectively a variety of current views on the issue. Ladario makes quite a large matter of the question of the revelation of God as Trinity in the crucifixion of Jesus, the Christ, interpreting that discussion mainly in terms of his theology of resurrection as revelation. …

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