The Holy Trinity in the Life of the Church

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The Holy Trinity in the Life of the Church


Imbelli, Robert, Theological Studies


The Holy Trinity in the Life of the Church. Holy Cross Studies in Patristic Theology and History. Edited by Khaled Anatolios. Grand Rapids, Ml: Baker Academic, 2014. Pp. xvii + 253. $30.

This excellent collection of essays stems from a 2008 Conference at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. The contributions rightly focus upon the doctrine of the Trinity, not as a detached theological treatise, but as the triune generating and sustaining mystery of the life of the church.

Due attention is given the liturgical matrix of Christian life in the Trinity, especially in the sacraments of baptism and Eucharist. Among notable contributions one might highlight Joseph Lienhard, S.J., on "The Baptismal Command (Matthew 28:19-20) and the Doctrine of the Trinity," as well as John Behr on "The Trinitarian Being of the Church."

Khaled Anatolios, the volume's editor, offers a methodologically astute and theologically rich essay: "Personhood, Community, and the Trinity in Some Patristic Texts." A. argues that one ought not to fixate narrowly on the terminology the Fathers employed, but discern their efforts to do full justice to the distinctive structure of the biblical narrative. …

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