Augustine and the Trinity by Lewis Ayres

By Lewis Ayres

Augustine of Hippo (354-430) strongly inspired western theology, yet he has usually been accused of over-emphasizing the team spirit of God to the detriment of the Trinity. In Augustine and the Trinity, Lewis Ayres deals a brand new therapy of this crucial determine, demonstrating how Augustine's writings supply the most refined early theologies of the Trinity constructed after the Council of Nicaea (325). development on fresh learn, Ayres argues that Augustine used to be inspired by means of a wide selection of prior Latin Christian traditions which under pressure the irreducibility of dad, Son and Spirit. Augustine combines those traditions with fabric from non-Christian Neoplatonists in a truly own synthesis. Ayres additionally argues that Augustine formed a strong account of Christian ascent towards knowing of, in addition to participation within the divine existence, person who starts off in religion and versions itself on Christ's humility.

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Using the acrostic of ROSES suggested by Timothy George, Keathley presents a far more palatable and, I believe, faithful witness to the New Testament. He has a philosopher’s reasoning, a theologian’s grasp of Scripture, and a preacher’s clarity. The book is remarkable for the clarity of its argumentation on a subject that is otherwise often extraordinarily complicated. The complication is still there, but Keathley’s ability to present it in a way that a common man can grasp is an encouragement to be sure.

Twenty years after they committed the deed, Joseph makes a declaration that reveals his remarkable confidence in God’s meticulous control: And now don’t be worried or angry with yourselves for selling me here, because God sent me ahead of you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there will be five more years without plowing or harvesting. God sent me ahead of you to establish you as a remnant within the land and to keep you alive by a great deliverance. Therefore it was not you who sent me here, but God.

The complication is still there, but Keathley’s ability to present it in a way that a common man can grasp is an encouragement to be sure. In the end, Dr. Keathley’s volume is a humble attempt to state soteriological truth. Keathley knows only too well the caution of Scripture, “For who has known the mind of the Lord? ” He does not try to venture too far into the mind of God, and he does recognize that a mystery resides in the Lord. But rather than finding that mystery in the will of God, he has discovered the mystery in the omniscience of God.

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