My Top 5 Books on the Trinity | Christianity TodaySelected by Kelly M. On The Trinity De Trinitate. This book is not for the faint of heart, but it is hard to imagine a more influential and misunderstood! Its brilliance owes not merely to what Augustine says, but how he says it: blending careful philosophical reflection with deep theological understanding, all while fitting in pastoral applications. His movement from contemplating God to the inner life of humans is creative and stimulating, even if at times it raises as many problems as it solves.
The Trinity - Edward Bickesteth (Christian audio book)
Books I Recommend: The Trinity
Few topics in theology are as exhilarating and daunting as the doctrine of the Trinity. Yet, despite its density and mystery, the Trinity remains the essential touchstone in all theological studies. Here are a few of what I consider to be the very best contemporary books on the doctrine of the Trinity. This is where I started, well before I began formal theological studies. Coffey does an outstanding job of critically presenting contemporary approaches to the doctrine of the Trinity, including those of Moltmann and Balthasar. Studer covers everything from the New Testament record, the Apostolic Fathers, the Greek apologists, the Latin theologians, the Cappadocians, Augustine and the conciliar period.
I love reading about the Trinity. Between the Trinity and the Cross, you have the core of my theological interests. Now, I have three. I commend them to any who are interested. Unlike a lot of other works on the Trinity, instead of going through a long digression into the historical development of the doctrine, or the various key figures and disputes by which we arrived at Nicene Orthodoxy, it cuts to the chase, going straight to the Biblical material, showing that very warp and woof of the Bible is Trinitarian through and through. After a quick little introduction, Ryken and Lefevre immediately plunge into a very readable-yet-penetrating exposition of Ephesians 1, laying out the Trinitarian shape of salvation, making it quite clear that the Christian Gospel is unintelligible apart from the workings of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
To be Christian is to be Trinitarian. The doctrine impacts and directs all aspects of the Christian life, from our justification to our sanctification, worship, and even our spiritual disciplines. But if the doctrine of the Trinity is so critical to our faith, then why do we think about it so little? I believe a major reason is that this doctrine is quite complex. And unfortunately for many Christians, these complexities have overcome its significance in our lives, much to the detriment of our churches and our own spiritual growth. To be sure, to think about the Trinity is to think hard. But though the work is challenging, I would argue that the payoff is worth it.