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Discover Afresh the Living Truth of a Foundational Christian Belief The Trinity is a basic teaching of the Christian faith. It defines God's essence and describes how He relates to us. The Forgotten Trinity is a concise, understandable explanation of what the Trinity is and why it matters. It refutes cultic distortions of God. It shows how a grasp of this significant teachi Discover Afresh the Living Truth of a Foundational Christian Belief The Trinity is a basic teaching of the Christian faith. It defines God's essence and describes how He relates to us. The Forgotten Trinity is a concise, understandable explanation of what the Trinity is and why it matters. It refutes cultic distortions of God. It shows how a grasp of this significant teaching leads to renewed worship and deeper understanding of what it means to be a Christian. And amid today's emphasis on the renewing work of the Holy Spirit, The Forgotten Trinity is a balanced look at all three persons of the Trinity.


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Discover Afresh the Living Truth of a Foundational Christian Belief The Trinity is a basic teaching of the Christian faith. It defines God's essence and describes how He relates to us. The Forgotten Trinity is a concise, understandable explanation of what the Trinity is and why it matters. It refutes cultic distortions of God. It shows how a grasp of this significant teachi Discover Afresh the Living Truth of a Foundational Christian Belief The Trinity is a basic teaching of the Christian faith. It defines God's essence and describes how He relates to us. The Forgotten Trinity is a concise, understandable explanation of what the Trinity is and why it matters. It refutes cultic distortions of God. It shows how a grasp of this significant teaching leads to renewed worship and deeper understanding of what it means to be a Christian. And amid today's emphasis on the renewing work of the Holy Spirit, The Forgotten Trinity is a balanced look at all three persons of the Trinity.

30 review for The Forgotten Trinity: Recovering the Heart of Christian Belief

  1. 5 out of 5

    Josue Manriquez

    Anyone who desires to worship God in spirit and truth should read this book. Its purpose is not to provide an exhaustive apologetic on the doctrine of the Trinity. Rather, it contains a concise explanation of the doctrine of the trinity, including very pastoral reasons as to why it matters and should be cherished. Although I would love for Dr. White to write an exhaustive book on this subject, he has done an amazing job with this one! I was very pleased with how much he *did* include, and at how Anyone who desires to worship God in spirit and truth should read this book. Its purpose is not to provide an exhaustive apologetic on the doctrine of the Trinity. Rather, it contains a concise explanation of the doctrine of the trinity, including very pastoral reasons as to why it matters and should be cherished. Although I would love for Dr. White to write an exhaustive book on this subject, he has done an amazing job with this one! I was very pleased with how much he *did* include, and at how clear his explanations were. But what I love most about this book, is Dr. White's pastoral, God-exalting focus. He says on page 17, "I wish to invite you, my fellow believer, to a deeper, higher, more intense love of God's truth. It is my longing that when you complete this work, you will not simply put it down and say, 'I got some good ammunition to use the next time I debate the Trinity.' Instead, I hope that God, in His grace, will use this to implant in your heart a deep longing to know Him even more. I pray that longing will last the rest of your life, and that it will result in your loving him more completely, worshiping Him more fully, honoring Him with the totality of your life." Thus, His purpose is not to fill us with intellectual knowledge so that we can win debates. His purpose is to show us the awesome, wonderful, amazing God, who has revealed Himself to us as Father, Son, and Spirit. And in so doing, his purpose is to lead us to love and worship Him more! He has definitely accomplished this purpose!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    The Trinity: possibly the most difficult concept of all the orthodox Christian doctrines. You have likely heard one or more of these explanations of the Trinity: - The Trinity is like an egg, which consists of the shell, the white, and the yolk. - The Trinity is like water, which can exist as ice, liquid, and steam. - The Trinity is like a man who is simultaneously a father, a son, and a husband. When it comes right down to it, no earthly, man-made analogy can adequately explain the Trinity; they al The Trinity: possibly the most difficult concept of all the orthodox Christian doctrines. You have likely heard one or more of these explanations of the Trinity: - The Trinity is like an egg, which consists of the shell, the white, and the yolk. - The Trinity is like water, which can exist as ice, liquid, and steam. - The Trinity is like a man who is simultaneously a father, a son, and a husband. When it comes right down to it, no earthly, man-made analogy can adequately explain the Trinity; they all break down and ultimately convey doctrinal error. And what can be expected when man tries to explain the unexplainable? Should it be surprising to us that our God is so complex and so far beyond our understanding that there are aspects of Him that we simply cannot grasp or explain? Unfortunately, because it is so difficult to understand, the doctrine is often pushed to the side and neglected by the church. We often hear people say they love God, or they love Jesus, or they love the Bible; but when was the last time you heard someone say, "I love the Trinity"? While all orthodox Christian groups hold to this doctrine, many individuals don't have a clear grasp of the doctrine and are not grounded enough to be able to defend it, but merely hold to it out of fear of being labeled a heretic. So why is this doctrine so important? Dr. James White says, "Since God went through a great deal of trouble to make it clear to us, we should see the Trinity as a precious possession, at the very top of the many things God has revealed to us that we otherwise would never have known." Practically speaking, a good understanding of the Trinity will help us keep our worship in balance, not elevating one Person of the Godhead over the others. White explains, "True Christian worship is founded upon Christian truth. We have to have knowledge of our God to worship Him correctly... Almost every single imbalance in worship is due to a corresponding imbalance in our view of God...The doctrine of the Trinity calls us back to the balanced center point...Christian worship will be vital, consistent, and powerful when the proper attitude toward the triune God is maintained." Dr. White begins by offering this solid but brief and basic definition of the Trinity: "Within the one Being that is God, there exists eternally three coequal and coeternal persons, namely, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit." Dr. White cites Hank Hanegraaf as pointing out that, "when speaking of the Trinity, we need to realize that we are talking about one what and three who's. The one what is the Being or essence of God; the three who's are the Father, Son and Spirit. We dare not mix up the what's and who's regarding the Trinity." Within the above definition, White identifies three fundamental truths about God: 1. There is only one God. 2. There are three divine persons. 3. The persons are coequal and coeternal. He observes, "Every error and heresy on this doctrine will find its origin in a denial of one or more of these truths." The first truth states the belief in monotheism. This is the least problematic for Christians; in fact, even some false religions such as Islam and Jehovah's Witnesses, as well as Judaism, accept this doctrine. But even here some Christians, because of their lack of instruction and misunderstandings regarding the Trinity, may fall into erroneous ideas such as modalism. Modalism, also known as Sabellianism is the belief that God is one person who takes on different roles at different times for different purposes, similar to an actor who plays different parts in a play. The second truth, which becomes a major difference between orthodox Christianity and cults, is the deity of Jesus Christ. To address this doctrine, Dr. White spends time looking at the Prologue to the Gospel of John in John 1:18, passages in Scripture which testify of Christ's equality with God, the "I am" statements of Christ found throughout John's gospel, and passages which show Jesus as Creator as further proof of His deity. He also examines the fact that the person of Jesus is equated with Yahweh of the Old Testament, and that while on earth He was worshipped and accepted worship for Himself. In discussing the Holy Spirit as the third person of the Trinity, White points out that there are two issues that must be addressed from Scripture: 1) The Holy Spirit as a person and not merely an impersonal force or power, and 2) The Holy Spirit as eternal deity, equal with the Father and the Son. White moves on to discuss the issue of the separateness of the three persons, thus hoping to correct the possible tendency toward modalism, the error that the "Jesus Only" or Oneness movements fall into. "Scripture leaves no room for confusing the Father, Son, and Spirit," states White, and then proceeds to use numerous scripture passages that prove that these three cannot be the same person, as demonstrated by the ways in which they interact with one another and the ways in which they are spoken of. Next White addresses the third foundational truth of the co-equality and co-eternality of the three persons of the Godhead. He goes a bit deeper to consider when the Trinity began to be first understood and taught, and to further discuss the nature, relationship, and role of the three persons of the Godhead as revealed in Scripture. White explains, "The Trinity as a doctrinal truth has always been true. But when did it become knowable to men? What "revealed" it to the human race? The answer to that question is simply the Incarnation and the coming of the Holy Spirit. That is, the Trinity is revealed by the Son coming in the flesh and the Spirit descending upon the church... "The Trinity is a doctrine not revealed merely in words but instead in the very action of the Triune God in redemption itself! We know who God is by what He has done in bringing us to himself! The Father, loving His people and sending the Son. The Son, loving us and giving himself in our place. The Spirit, entering into our lives and conforming us to the image of Christ. Here is the revelation of the Trinity, in the work of Christ and the Spirit." White ends his book by taking a look at the historical evidence for the belief in a triune God, as found in the earliest writings of the Christian church. While we do not hold the teachings of men above the Word of God, the examples provided from the first few centuries of the Christian church help to show that orthodox Christian believers have always understood God to be a trinitarian Being as described and taught in the Scriptures. White's purpose for writing The Forgotten Trinity is to help make more understandable a Biblical doctrine which he believes is often ignored and greatly misunderstood, and to inspire Christians to have a greater love for this aspect of our God. As a theological scholar, teacher, and expert apologist, White takes the trouble throughout his book to help his readers become more knowledgeable on the topic he is addressing by including relevant information on the original languages used, and the history, culture and prevailing philosophies of the time in which the scriptures were written. By way of reminder of the significance and importance of this doctrine, White states the following, "To know Christ truly is to know the Trinity, for God has not revealed himself in such a way as to allow us to have true and balanced knowledge of the Father outside of such knowledge of the Son, all of which comes to us through the Spirit...We must know, understand, and love the Trinity to be fully and completely Christian." "True Christian worship is founded upon Christian truth. We have to have knowledge of our God to worship Him correctly. If we have defective knowledge, or worse, if we have wrong information and have been deceived, our worship is either lessened...or it is completely invalid, as the worship of idols and false god...Knowledge does not save, but true worship does not exist without knowledge." It does matter what we believe about God. It affects our worship. It affects our message. It affects our spiritual walk and our daily life. The Forgotten Trinity is an excellent book which I believe every Christian would profit from.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Frank

    Dr. White explains the complex doctrine of the Trinity in a clear and understandable manner. Well worth the time and effort to read through it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bob

    I've been interested in church history recently, and I keep coming back to the torturous struggle that Christianity had in clearly defining the Trinity. I was having a hard time understanding what the big deal was, so I looked up what some respected people said was the best book available about the Trinity, and it was this. I was not at all disappointed. It was not quite what I expected: it reads more as a defense of the doctrine of the Trinity contrasted with the many misunderstandings/heresies I've been interested in church history recently, and I keep coming back to the torturous struggle that Christianity had in clearly defining the Trinity. I was having a hard time understanding what the big deal was, so I looked up what some respected people said was the best book available about the Trinity, and it was this. I was not at all disappointed. It was not quite what I expected: it reads more as a defense of the doctrine of the Trinity contrasted with the many misunderstandings/heresies around it. It seems like a systematic discussion of the doctrine (what I was expecting) only second to this primary role. However, having read the book, I think this is probably better. With a concept like this that's so hard to pin down precisely, it's often more helpful to define what it's not (a point he makes directly in the book), since what it IS is something beyond our ability to understand fully. I think every Christian should read this book or something like it to make sure they have a good understanding of this vital topic. Despite being a very difficult subject and despite the book going into details of Greek verbs and such, it never felt dry or boring.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Butters

    The best book I have ever read on the Trinity. I found it incredibly difficult to put down and realised towards the middle that I wasn't reading a defence of the trinity, though that is what it is, but I reading a God-honouring devotional. Amazing read. The best book I have ever read on the Trinity. I found it incredibly difficult to put down and realised towards the middle that I wasn't reading a defence of the trinity, though that is what it is, but I reading a God-honouring devotional. Amazing read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    kenzimone

    James White writes, in the first chapter of The Forgotten Trinity, that "Most Christians do not understand what the term [The Trinity] means and have only a vague idea of the reality it represents", and it's true. I've been attending church all my life, and though I've sat through numerous sermons on God and the Father and Jesus Christ, it's very rare for the preachers of the churches I frequent to delve deeper into the topic of the Holy Spirit or the Trinity. This book is a thorough, clear, bibl James White writes, in the first chapter of The Forgotten Trinity, that "Most Christians do not understand what the term [The Trinity] means and have only a vague idea of the reality it represents", and it's true. I've been attending church all my life, and though I've sat through numerous sermons on God and the Father and Jesus Christ, it's very rare for the preachers of the churches I frequent to delve deeper into the topic of the Holy Spirit or the Trinity. This book is a thorough, clear, biblical and easily understood explanation of the Trinity. It's a great read for Christians and non-Christians alike who wish to know what the Bible teaches about trinitarianism or want to better understand the mysteries of the Trinity. It really is a must have.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Godly

    An excellent book that goes into the reasoning, a brief history and sufficiently explores the exegetical and interpretive framework for why Christians have held to the doctrine of the Trinity for 2000 yrs. I really enjoyed the work done by James on exegeting the text and how the authors of the NT understood Christ's deity and declared it as such! An excellent book that goes into the reasoning, a brief history and sufficiently explores the exegetical and interpretive framework for why Christians have held to the doctrine of the Trinity for 2000 yrs. I really enjoyed the work done by James on exegeting the text and how the authors of the NT understood Christ's deity and declared it as such!

  8. 4 out of 5

    London Tiner

    Really good book on the trinity

  9. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    YES. I have needed this book most of my Christian life!! I finally got fed up with not really having a clue about how to accurately describe and meditate on the Trinity. (When critics of other cults/religions jokingly ask, "I mean, who do you even pray to? Dear Father - uh, I mean Jesus - uh, I mean Spirit?" I honestly didn't know how to answer them!) Not only did Dr. White succeed in giving me a much better grasp on (and confidence in) this challenging Christian concept, but I think my favorite YES. I have needed this book most of my Christian life!! I finally got fed up with not really having a clue about how to accurately describe and meditate on the Trinity. (When critics of other cults/religions jokingly ask, "I mean, who do you even pray to? Dear Father - uh, I mean Jesus - uh, I mean Spirit?" I honestly didn't know how to answer them!) Not only did Dr. White succeed in giving me a much better grasp on (and confidence in) this challenging Christian concept, but I think my favorite part is that his primary goal for writing this book was to increase my love for God, not just my theological debating skills. He succeeded. I feel like I am at the tip of an iceberg of increased affection for GOD - Father, Son, and Spirit - that I will continue to discover for the rest of my life. I can read Scripture with fresh eyes and a delighted heart.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Matt Lee

    Phenomenal book! This work serves as a clear, concise, and enriching defence of the Trinity from Scripture, whilst repudiating common misconceptions and mistranslations. This book is heartily recommended to those who confess the doctrine of the Trinity, but are unsure of its precise definition, Scriptural proof texts, or arguments to use against the numerous aberrant cults. Even for anyone who is confident in expressing the historically orthodox view on the Trinity, this work will still do you a Phenomenal book! This work serves as a clear, concise, and enriching defence of the Trinity from Scripture, whilst repudiating common misconceptions and mistranslations. This book is heartily recommended to those who confess the doctrine of the Trinity, but are unsure of its precise definition, Scriptural proof texts, or arguments to use against the numerous aberrant cults. Even for anyone who is confident in expressing the historically orthodox view on the Trinity, this work will still do you a great deal of good for the level of depth that the discussion goes, without being overly academic.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brian Jones

    I recommend this book to two kinds of people: 1. Someone who desires to biblically worship our Triune God in spirit and truth, but, like myself, needs a basic foundational knowledge of the doctrine of the Trinity and where it is seen in Scripture. 2. Someone who works closely with Jehovah’s Witnesses and/or Mormons and desires to have biblical discussions with them about the Trinity. James R. White does very well at taking the reader along as he develops his argument for each aspect of the doctrine I recommend this book to two kinds of people: 1. Someone who desires to biblically worship our Triune God in spirit and truth, but, like myself, needs a basic foundational knowledge of the doctrine of the Trinity and where it is seen in Scripture. 2. Someone who works closely with Jehovah’s Witnesses and/or Mormons and desires to have biblical discussions with them about the Trinity. James R. White does very well at taking the reader along as he develops his argument for each aspect of the doctrine of the Trinity. I’m thankful that I read this book because it led me to love the gospel more and more with every chapter.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Josiah

    Good Scriptural defense of the Trinity. A couple sections may be a bit too academic for the average reader (while White's language is written for the layperson, his unpacking of a number of different Greek words may be a stretch for some), but the majority of the work is pretty accessible. To be honest, I more read this book since I was hoping for an unpacking of how our understanding of the Trinity should transform our day-to-day living (and that's not what this book is--it's mostly a theologic Good Scriptural defense of the Trinity. A couple sections may be a bit too academic for the average reader (while White's language is written for the layperson, his unpacking of a number of different Greek words may be a stretch for some), but the majority of the work is pretty accessible. To be honest, I more read this book since I was hoping for an unpacking of how our understanding of the Trinity should transform our day-to-day living (and that's not what this book is--it's mostly a theological defense of the Trinity). However, as a resource for defending the doctrine of the Trinity, I found this work helpful. Rating: 3.5 Stars (Good).

  13. 5 out of 5

    Todd Bryant

    This is a truly outstanding read. In fact, of all the books I've read on the Trinity, this is definitely my favorite. The language is easy to follow. There are clear, but understanding arguments made against the heresies of the cults. And yet, there is depth here--plenty of depth. I am still pondering that the Trinity wasn't revealed until the New Testament ensued. I really think it would be better to say that the Trinity wasn't FULLY revealed until then. Nevertheless, I found even this section q This is a truly outstanding read. In fact, of all the books I've read on the Trinity, this is definitely my favorite. The language is easy to follow. There are clear, but understanding arguments made against the heresies of the cults. And yet, there is depth here--plenty of depth. I am still pondering that the Trinity wasn't revealed until the New Testament ensued. I really think it would be better to say that the Trinity wasn't FULLY revealed until then. Nevertheless, I found even this section quite good. Every Christian needs to read this defense of the Trinity.

  14. 5 out of 5

    John

    I appreciated that it worked well for the layman in explaining with simplicity yet conciseness the doctrine of the Trinity. Anyone who reads this book carefully should not walk away misrepresenting the doctrine. I also appreciated the interaction with Stafford the JW in his various comments towards undermining the Trinity. White flawlessly dismantled this cultist’s twisting of passages and upheld the doctrine of the Trinity throughout. This book accomplished for me what it set out to do: make on I appreciated that it worked well for the layman in explaining with simplicity yet conciseness the doctrine of the Trinity. Anyone who reads this book carefully should not walk away misrepresenting the doctrine. I also appreciated the interaction with Stafford the JW in his various comments towards undermining the Trinity. White flawlessly dismantled this cultist’s twisting of passages and upheld the doctrine of the Trinity throughout. This book accomplished for me what it set out to do: make one love the Trinity more. I recommend every Christian get this on his or her book shelf.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Adam Calvert

    For a short book, this work had a great amount of education and edification. If you don't understand the Biblical principle and/or importance of the doctrine of the Trinity, I highly recommend this work. Dr. James White takes the reader through Scripture in a pastorally way and shows the exegetical work behind the doctrine, the importance of the doctrine, and toward the end of the book, the history of the doctrine. Very good. Actually, excellent! For a short book, this work had a great amount of education and edification. If you don't understand the Biblical principle and/or importance of the doctrine of the Trinity, I highly recommend this work. Dr. James White takes the reader through Scripture in a pastorally way and shows the exegetical work behind the doctrine, the importance of the doctrine, and toward the end of the book, the history of the doctrine. Very good. Actually, excellent!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laramie Gildon

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The way JW walks through scripture to show why we believe in Athens Triune God was really helpful. I highly recommend this as an entry level theological study on the Trinity. I don’t say “entry level” lightly, he makes reference to it not being designed for a debate style but for Christians seeking to further their study in the Trinity and to solidify their foundation. Highly, highly recommend this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Jenkins

    I recommend.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Markus Madsen

    Great introduction. Much of the book however is focused on proving the deity of Christ, which is good but maybe a little unexpected,

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chandler

    This book was a great, concise, overview of the doctrine of the Trinity. The book was supported well by Scripture and allowed Scripture to speak for itself. I would highly recommend this book to others who desire to have a better understanding of the Trinity and grow in their love for the LORD.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    A useful overview of the Trinity and Christology, providing a balanced approach that laypeople without training in Greek and Hebrew can profit from, with endnotes that get into more technical information for those interested who have training in Biblical Hebrew and Greek. James White makes it clear in the first chapter that the purpose of his book is not only to equip Christians to witness to Jehovah’s Witnesses and other groups with deny the Trinity and deity of Christ, but that it would also e A useful overview of the Trinity and Christology, providing a balanced approach that laypeople without training in Greek and Hebrew can profit from, with endnotes that get into more technical information for those interested who have training in Biblical Hebrew and Greek. James White makes it clear in the first chapter that the purpose of his book is not only to equip Christians to witness to Jehovah’s Witnesses and other groups with deny the Trinity and deity of Christ, but that it would also enrich the worship of believers by having a better understanding of the Triune God who has revealed himself in Scripture. There are 2 points on which I would disagree with Dr. White. First is that his definition for persons is taken from Charles Hodge as someone with mind, will, and emotion, but this is an argument from the creation and how person is defined for creatures, which is then applied to God, thereby ignoring the Creator-creature distinction. This view leaves the door open for modifications to the classical doctrine of impassibility, which would undercut the immutability and divine eternality of God. Here is a definition of persona from Richard Muller giving an overview of the historical issue of defining persona, “In none of these usages does the term persona have the connotation of emotional individuality or unique consciousness that clearly belongs to the term in contemporary usage. It is quite certain that the trinitarian use of persona does not point to three wills, three emotionally unique beings, or, as several eighteenth-century authors influenced by Cartesianism argued, three centers of consciousness; such implication would be tritheistic… Thus, in trinitarian usage, three personae subsist in the divine substantia or essentia (q.v.) without division and, in christological usage, one persona has two distinct naturae, the divine and the human. This can be said while nonetheless arguing one will in God and two in Christ—since will belongs properly to the essence of God and to the natures in Christ, and in neither case to persona as such. Thus, in the language of the scholastics, persona indicates primarily an individuum (q.v.), an individual thing, or a suppositum (q.v.), a self-subsistent thing, and, more specifically still, an intelligent self-subsistent thing (suppositum intelligens) ”. Richard A. Muller, Dictionary of Latin and Greek Theological Terms: Drawn Principally from Protestant Scholastic Theology (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Book House, 1985), 226–227 Secondly, his view on Philippians 2:6-11 that emptying refers to Christ laying aside the voluntary use of his divine attributes is ontologically speculative and doesn't fit the context of the passage since as Calvin explained the emptying refers to Christ veiling his glory, as discussed in his commentary on Philippians.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Rodebaugh

    This book started out very dry (boring). As it progressed, i found myself more interested. White's exposition of trinitarian theology is spot on, i just struggled with the writing style (especially early on). Having listened to several of White's debates, i am familiar with his voice and cadence. I began reading this book in his voice and cadence (if that makes sense) and that helped immensely during the dry sections. By the middle and end, i was really connecting with White and his exegesis. Th This book started out very dry (boring). As it progressed, i found myself more interested. White's exposition of trinitarian theology is spot on, i just struggled with the writing style (especially early on). Having listened to several of White's debates, i am familiar with his voice and cadence. I began reading this book in his voice and cadence (if that makes sense) and that helped immensely during the dry sections. By the middle and end, i was really connecting with White and his exegesis. This ultimately wasn't a bad read and i would encourage those interested in an orthodox, objective, historical overview of trinitarian theology to give this book a read. The historical perspective he gives in the final two chapters was very helpful. I really want to give this book 3.5 stars, but the good reads rating system won't allow me to. I would like to give this book higher marks, but it just didn't grab me the way other theological works have. For instance, i read and rated "Forsaken" by McCall last year and although I found it to be subjective and subversive, it was very well written. I did not want to put it down and found myself reading it in less than a week. On the contrary, I find White's "Forgotten Trinity" to be a more honest and objective work on trinitarian theology however, very dry at points, and thus took about 6 months to sift through. This is a solid, entry level view of trinitarian theology. I recommend it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Craig Scott

    There are many good books on the Trinity. Robert Letham & Stephen Holmes have produced two of the best in recent years. But if you want a Book that deals with the Trinity in a Biblical exegetical manner then this is the one. Dr. White, in the introduction, deals with he reality of evangelical Christianity, we are by conviction Trinitarian, but functionally modalists. Listen to many preachers and they treat the Godhead in modal manners, so this book is one to understand from the text of Scripture There are many good books on the Trinity. Robert Letham & Stephen Holmes have produced two of the best in recent years. But if you want a Book that deals with the Trinity in a Biblical exegetical manner then this is the one. Dr. White, in the introduction, deals with he reality of evangelical Christianity, we are by conviction Trinitarian, but functionally modalists. Listen to many preachers and they treat the Godhead in modal manners, so this book is one to understand from the text of Scripture that God is triune ontologically and economically. The chapters deal with many aspects of this, from the starting clause of monotheism, to proving the divinity and person of Christ and the Holy Spirit. Dealing with issues such as Jesus Christ in the I am sayings, Jesus is YHWH, and the Spirit as sovereign and omnipotent throughout the Scriptures. There is also the most wonderful citations from early patristics such as Clement of Rome and Ignatius of Antioch that clearly define the Trinity (without the use of the word) in the 1st-2nd century. If anyone wants to understand the Trinity, this is now the book I would give them.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Patrick S.

    A really great book on the subject. White deals with the subject in a very logical and well formulated order. The writing isn't so over scholarly that it's tough, it's written for anyone to pick up and read (which is the stated purpose of the book). White's writing is always on target and biblical. He gives each topic the serious and hard look it needs and even pulls in logical and historical claims with the understanding they are secondary to the biblical text. Not only does he make his case fo A really great book on the subject. White deals with the subject in a very logical and well formulated order. The writing isn't so over scholarly that it's tough, it's written for anyone to pick up and read (which is the stated purpose of the book). White's writing is always on target and biblical. He gives each topic the serious and hard look it needs and even pulls in logical and historical claims with the understanding they are secondary to the biblical text. Not only does he make his case for the Trinity but also the importance of why it's needed; and this message is carried throughout each of the parts of the book. White also does a great job of tying both Old Testament and New Testament Scripture together and really provides a well rounded discussion on a lot of missed text outside the standard ones known. This book is the book I would recommend anyone to pick up if they are looking to understand, know, or grow deeper in seeing who the trinitarian God of the Bible is. Final Grade - A+

  24. 4 out of 5

    Joshua

    Extremely clear and concise explanation of what "the trinity" means. Covers common misconceptions (including ones I've struggled with) and gives reasons for why having a right, biblical understanding the trinity even matters. You can't go wrong reading this. I read this right after reading "Delighting In The Trinity" by Michael Reeves. It was also good but I'd definitely recommend The Forgotten Trinity higher. White's explanation (as you'd expect) was grounded in historical and biblical textual in Extremely clear and concise explanation of what "the trinity" means. Covers common misconceptions (including ones I've struggled with) and gives reasons for why having a right, biblical understanding the trinity even matters. You can't go wrong reading this. I read this right after reading "Delighting In The Trinity" by Michael Reeves. It was also good but I'd definitely recommend The Forgotten Trinity higher. White's explanation (as you'd expect) was grounded in historical and biblical textual information with great coverage of the major misconceptions and arguments against various aspects of the trinity. Reeves' approach was different and seemed more, philosophical maybe? for lack of a better word. Reeves' explanations really made me think about whether his view made sense to me and I had several conflicting thoughts reading it. Forgotten Trinity left me with none of those conflicts.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sean Higgins

    A great resource to study the Scriptural truth about the Trinity on the grammatical and logical levels. Without the Trinity there is no good news. As White says near the end of the book: The Gospel is the means by which the Father, in eternal love and mercy, saves men through the redeeming work of the Son, Jesus Christ, and draws them to himself by the power and regenerating work of the Spirit. The Gospel, as it is proclaimed in Scripture, is Trinitarian. Remove the Father and you have no Gospel. A great resource to study the Scriptural truth about the Trinity on the grammatical and logical levels. Without the Trinity there is no good news. As White says near the end of the book: The Gospel is the means by which the Father, in eternal love and mercy, saves men through the redeeming work of the Son, Jesus Christ, and draws them to himself by the power and regenerating work of the Spirit. The Gospel, as it is proclaimed in Scripture, is Trinitarian. Remove the Father and you have no Gospel. Remove the Son, and the Gospel ceases to exist. Remove the Spirit, and the Gospel has no existence. There is no separating the work of the triune God in salvation from the truth of the Trinity itself. (p. 195).

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nicolas Barbeito

    "...There are some things in them that are hard to understand..." 2 Peter 3:16b. Nicely sums up any book which attempts to define and explain the Trinity. However, in this thin volume, White does a very good job of making it accessible to the everyday reader. Some work will be involved in understanding the text, but on the whole, this is a well written, even-handed treatment of how Christians derive a trinitarian view of God from the Bible. "...which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own "...There are some things in them that are hard to understand..." 2 Peter 3:16b. Nicely sums up any book which attempts to define and explain the Trinity. However, in this thin volume, White does a very good job of making it accessible to the everyday reader. Some work will be involved in understanding the text, but on the whole, this is a well written, even-handed treatment of how Christians derive a trinitarian view of God from the Bible. "...which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures." 2 Peter 3:16c. Also included in this work is a brief apologetic against various different anti-trinitarian views brought against the classic view defended here. Overall, well worth the work and effort.

  27. 5 out of 5

    G Walker

    This was one of the earlier books that I read on the subject... earlier on in my bible school days. Basic but helpful. I like White - even when I take issue with him (he is a baptist after all), I sense that he is always genuine and sincere in his pursuit of knowing God (personally!) and he writes for the church - not himself or a close group of academic colleagues and for this he is to be commended. Too, for a book this size, he does a fair bit of exegetical and historical work that is typicall This was one of the earlier books that I read on the subject... earlier on in my bible school days. Basic but helpful. I like White - even when I take issue with him (he is a baptist after all), I sense that he is always genuine and sincere in his pursuit of knowing God (personally!) and he writes for the church - not himself or a close group of academic colleagues and for this he is to be commended. Too, for a book this size, he does a fair bit of exegetical and historical work that is typically missing in other smaller books. Definitely worth reading - a very commendable primer on the subject.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Like many of the church's theologians, James White is a smart man. Very smart. In this volume however, he goes a long way to take a topic which scholars have discussed for centures & has put it into the hands (and words!) of the Everyman. This is a great treatment of the doctrine of the Trinity, as taught in scripture. Whether you are a seasoned theologian, a layperson or anything in between, you will be blessed as White leads you to see our triune God as even more awe inspiring, more glorious & m Like many of the church's theologians, James White is a smart man. Very smart. In this volume however, he goes a long way to take a topic which scholars have discussed for centures & has put it into the hands (and words!) of the Everyman. This is a great treatment of the doctrine of the Trinity, as taught in scripture. Whether you are a seasoned theologian, a layperson or anything in between, you will be blessed as White leads you to see our triune God as even more awe inspiring, more glorious & more holy than you may have before.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Logan

    Started reading this after an encounter with a Jehovah's Witness who told me Jesus was a created being. In this, Dr. James White walks through Scripture and giving example after example of how the Bible clearly points to a Trinitarian doctrine. So much so is the Bible blatant in this area that I often shook my head at beliefs that deny various aspects of the Trinity and sighed, "How foolish these people must be". Strong Biblical research in an easy to understand manner. Highly recommend. Started reading this after an encounter with a Jehovah's Witness who told me Jesus was a created being. In this, Dr. James White walks through Scripture and giving example after example of how the Bible clearly points to a Trinitarian doctrine. So much so is the Bible blatant in this area that I often shook my head at beliefs that deny various aspects of the Trinity and sighed, "How foolish these people must be". Strong Biblical research in an easy to understand manner. Highly recommend.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    On chapter 4. So far a fantastic book. Great theological explanations in a readable manner. I love the Trinity! Finished the book, very well done. A fantastic exposition of the scriptures and why we believe in the trinity. Also a glorious presentation of the beauty and majesty of our one God YHWH in three person, Father, Son and Spirit. Praise God for His glory!!

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