These Three are One: The Practice of Trinitarian Theology
January 1998, Wiley-Blackwell
Part I: Source: Trinitarian Beliefs:.
Part II: Wellspring: Trinitarian Virtues:.
Part III: Living Water: Trinitarian Practices:.
9. Persuading. Epilogue: Provisionality.
Appendix 1: Recent Works in Trinitarian Theology.
Appendix 2: Glossary of Foreign Words and Phrases.
Appendix 3: Liturgical Resources.
Provides an accessible yet detailed account of trinitarian doctrine, including the classical descriptions of God's processions, relations and missions.
Proposes new analogies and new terminology for a number of traditional trinitarian concepts, while offering a critique of monolithic accounts of any single 'name' of God.
"David Cunningham has written a really remarkable book,
combining the most acute historical and conceptual analysis with
reflections on ethics, liturgy, literature and much besides. It is
a wonderful illustration of how the doctrinal tradition of
Christianity can shape a whole perception of the moral and
imaginative world." Rowan Williams, Bishop of Monmouth
"One of the most accessible books on the trinity in recent
memory. Both scholars and the educated public have something to
learn from Cunningham's ability to stir both mind and heart on
issues of central significance to the Christian life." Kathryn
Tanner, University of Chicago
"Sparks everywhere. Little holy fires and an occasional
shrine-burner. Cunningham frames the questions in rhetoric and
literary theory as well as philosophy and theological study and
places them within the Church that is in the world. Trinity
enlivens Christian practice. The result is a flashing insight,
capable of keeping students awake. My classes would use it whether
in seminary or congregation." Frederick W Norris, Emmanuel
School of Religion
"Cunningham's These Three Are One offers a constructive
reinterpretation of the classical doctrine of the Trinity for our
times, and one that is nothing less than a revision of the
Christian life itself in the terms set by Trinitarian belief.
Drawing on the insights of spirituality, philosophy, ethics and
literature, the argument of this book makes an important
contribution to Trinitarian theology and does so in a way that is
as accessible as it is accomplished." John E. Thiel, Fairfield
"This is a most unusual and interesting book. He laments that he
(and we) lack theology of embodiment adequate to his purpose.
Cunningham's exposition of classical doctrine is both fascinating
and scholarly. He has done more than enough to persuade us that we
need one." Michael P. Wilson Hessle
"The thesis rests on the practical application of Trinitarian
theology rather than its theoretical integrity, and here Cunningham
scores one hit after another. This is a book of rare insight."
Dr Saxbee, Bishop of Ludlow
"Amoung the many books to have appeared recently on the
Christian doctrine of the Trinity, this one is outstanding. I
recommend it highly to students who want to understand the
historical development of this central theme, and to become
familiar with the most recent debates on the subject; but much more
than this, I commend it to pastors who want to know why this
doctrine is an immensely practical one, shaping the exercise of
pastoral care and the whole nature of Christian communities. This
well-written highly accessible study will open out Trinitarian
perspectives on ethics, worship, literature, rhetoric and
spirituality. It is a piece of truly imaginative theology." Paul
Fiddes, Principal, RPC Oxford
"With this volume, David Cunningham offers a fresh and
constructive reinterpretation of the doctrine of the Trinity. This
work will establish Cunningham as a leader among a second
generation of theologians involved in the renaissance of the
Trinitarian theology.....For teachers seeking a book on the
doctrine of the Trinity for upper-level, undergraduate theology
classes or seminary classrooms, this work is highly recommended."
Mark Medley, Simpsonville, KY
"This is a most unusual and interesting book. Cunningham's
exposition of classical doctrine is both fascinating and
scholarly." Michael P. Wilson, Theology
"The passion with which Cunningham presents his argument is to
be applauded, as is his attention to the insensitivities that have
often accompanied traditional Trinitarian claims." J. Alexander
Sider, Duke University
"To readers who find theological treatises on the Trinity too
dry, I can recommend [this] stimulating and original work by David
S. Cunningham... the appeal of the book lies less in the detail
than in the general argument which is imaginative and fascinating
on the ways Trinitarian law has been received and its place in the
lives of believers." Chronique de Théologie
"These Three Are One is to be heartily recommended for its theological creativity and its daring breadth of vision. Cunningham offers not just a doctrine of the Trinity but a dogmatics in outline - a Trinitarian anthropology, a theology of grace, and the rudiments of an ecclesiology with a theological ethics to boot. At a time when there are many simplistic calls to practice Christian doctrine, Cunningham's book is a welcome reminder of the complexities and the rich possibilities in enacting and embodying Trinitarian doctrine." Journal of Religion