Robert Letham, The Holy Trinity in Scripture, History, Theology, and Worship

If one were going to study the Holy Trinity, what would be the best way to proceed? It would be to research early church history, modern church history, the theology of the Holy Trinity, and of course the biblical basis, which is the reason the Church has held this position on these centuries.  It would also be insightful to present the Trinity and the Incarnation since the two stand or fall together, the Trinity and worship, the Trinity and creation, and the Trinity and persons. Can anyone really find all this in one book? Enter Robert Letham, The Holy Trinity in Scripture, History, Theology, and Worship, published by Presbyterian and Reformed, a little under 600 pages and softbound.

Letham has his Th.M. from Westminster Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, but his greatest qualification to me is that he loves this God. There is a glossary of terms, and subject and biblical indexes.  He covers some of the significant modern men, such as Rahner, Moltman, and Pannenburg.  Moreover, he delves into the differences between East and West on the Holy Trinity, especially the filioque clause (the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father “and the Son”). Then he tackles some modern issues, such as feminism and its view of order or subordinationism, including Kevin Giles, the strong supporter of women’s ordination, who has been castigating everyone for any kind of order in the Trinity. I’ve read not a few books on the Holy Trinity in the last ten years, and if there is a better one volume summary of our faith, I’m not aware of it. The book is endorsed on the back by J. I. Packer, Gerald Bray (who has taught at Cranmer House in the past), and Sinclair B. Ferguson.

The Very Rev. Dr. Curtis I. Crenshaw, Th.D.

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