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Robin Parry is the husband of but one wife (Carol) and the father of the two most beautiful girls in the universe (Hannah and Jessica). He also has a lovely cat called Monty (who has only three legs). Living in the city of Worcester, UK, he works as an Editor for Wipf and Stock — a US-based theological publisher. Robin was a Sixth Form College teacher for 11 years and has worked in publishing since 2001 (2001–2010 for Paternoster and 2010– for W&S).

Monday, 28 December 2009

wisdom from John Webster

"Christian theology has a singular preoccupation: God, and everything else sub specie divinitatis. All other Christian doctrines are applications or corollaries of the one doctrine, the doctrine of the Trinity."

John Webster, Holy Scripture: A Dogmatic Sketch, Cambridge: CUP, 2003, p. 43.

5 comments:

Eric Gregory said...

Interesting, however, that the doctrine of the Trinity was not firmly established in either the East or the West as DOCTRINE until after the first three Ecumenical Councils.

http://www.intratext.com/IXT/ENG0835/_INDEX.HTM

Terry Wright said...

I think Webster's point is that the doctrine of the Trinity, for Christians, is the starting point for all other doctrine: No (triune) God, no nuttin'!

Eric Gregory said...

Though I agree with the doctrine of the Trinity, I think our foundational theology should be something more clearly taught in Church history and in Scripture:

God is love.

Start there, and even if you wrestle all your life with the Trinity and the actual natures (homoousios vs. consubstantiability vs. essence) of God, you're still good to go.

God is love and love is real.

Matt Dodrill said...

Agreed, which is why innerfaith dialogue and missions must incorporate a "Trinitarian" approach to missiology just as much as an incarnational approach. Preaching the incarnate Jesus is, it seems, void without the Trinity

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