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What Is the Trinity? (Crucial Questions (Reformation Trust)) [Paperback]

R. C. Sproul
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  • Paperback: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Reformation Trust Publishing (24 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567692591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567692594
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 11.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be not confused 13 Aug 2013
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A great book that clearly explains the concept of the trinity that seems to baffle a lot of people. Particularly interesting are the chapters on the Councils of the Early Church; and the errors and heresies that plagued the church in those days (and still do). Well worth reading!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book 11 Jun 2014
By Brian
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A study of the trinity of God. The father, son, and holy spirit. A great series of booklets that address the Christian faith and stimulate thought. Recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of the Trinity 19 Mar 2014
By Toni
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Helpful little book to get a sense of the history and heresies around the trinity. I can recommend it wholeheartedly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good 14 Nov 2013
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The preciousness of the product is due by the author. It was an online purchase so no problem at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What is the Trinity? 6 Dec 2012
By Dr. David Steele - Published on Amazon.com
R.C. Sproul has an uncanny ability to make complex truths come alive. He continues to share his gift with the church in book number 10 in the Crucial Questions Series.

What is the Trinity? Sproul covers "acres" of theological ground in 63 pages. His explanation for the Trinity is rooted in a discussion of monotheism: "The idea that there is one God was firmly established in the religion of Israel from the earliest pages of the Old Testament." While the doctrine of the Trinity it not explicitly taught in the Old Testament, the strong teaching of monotheism is a crucial starting point.

Sproul continues by demonstrating how Scripture reveals the Trinity in the New Testament. The Father is distinguished from the Son and the Son is distinguished from the Holy Spirit. Yet we learned that he member of the Trinity is God. And when the Bible affirms the deity of the Father, Son, and Spirit, the Trinitarian formulation becomes clear.

The author provides a helpful section that concerns the Christological controversies of the 4th, 5th, 19th, and 20th centuries. The heresies and the key proponents are articulated and roundly refuted.

The author, in what may be the most helpful chapter of the book vividly distinguishes between "essence" and "person." God is one in essence yet reveals himself in three persons, Father, Son, and Spirit: "The distinctions within the Godhead are, if you will, sub-distinctions within the essence of God. He is one essence, three subsistencies." Sproul demonstrates how the doctrine of the Trinity is not only biblical but never violates the laws of logic. This is where Dr. Sproul is at his best: explaining theological truth and bolstering biblical reality with good philosophical foundations.

This work is short but packs a powerful punch. What is the Trinity? is an introductory resource that Christians need to read.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource 20 Mar 2013
By toomanybooks/not enough time - Published on Amazon.com
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Difficult topic but explained well. The size and content does not overwhelm the reader but important information is given. The section on heresies is very helpful.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Clear, Simple Guide to a Foundational Doctrine 1 Mar 2013
By Justin T. Combs - Published on Amazon.com
"It has been said that there have been four centuries when the church’s understanding of the person of Christ has been most under attack. Those centuries were the fourth and fifth, as well as the nineteenth and twentieth. If this is true, we are living in the immediate aftermath of two hundred years of devastating attacks against the church’s orthodox understanding of the person of Christ. That’s why it’s so important in our day that we revisit this whole concept of the Trinity."

~R.C. Sproul, What is the Trinity? (Crucial Questions Series #10)

The Trinity is a core Christian doctrine that touches nearly ever other area of doctrine in some manner. It is also a subject that is often glossed over in my experience. This is a tragedy, in my opinion. Among all of the various areas of Christian doctrine, the doctrine of the Trinity is one area in which Christians cannot afford to be imprecise. Dr. Sproul's book is a simple yet precise overview of this doctrine. Dr. Sproul has the ability to speak and write very clearly on a subject, with varying degrees of complexity and depth depending on his audience. This short book, at under 100 pages, is a good one for general audiences and lay Christians.

Dr. Sproul also devotes an entire chapter on discussing objections to the doctrine of the Trinity, coming out strongly against the false assertion that the Trinity is a "contradiction". I appreciate the fact that Dr. Sproul does not burden the reader in this volume with overly complex ideas and terms, although he does not over-simplify subjects that should not be dealt with simplistically. An example of this is when he deals with the assertion that the Trinity is a contradiction by explaining the law of non-contradiction, and applying it to this false charge. I also appreciate that this book contains a very helpful section on the various heresies that sprang up in the early Church, such as that of the monophysitism and nestorianism. One effective way to learn what something is, in my opinion, is to learn what it is not.

If I could recommend anything at all that would be helpful in this book that it currently lacks, it would be to include some of the historic creeds of the Church that discuss the doctrine of the Trinity. As it is, however, these creeds are readily available online, and the message and clarity book does not suffer for the lack of them.

Overall, I really did enjoy this book. I do believe that much more could be written on the subject, but this short work accomplishes exactly what I believe it set out to do- provide a concise, easy to understand overview of the the doctrine of a triune God. The ending of the book seemed a bit abrupt to me, ending with a decent explanation of the concept of shibboleth as found in Judges 12:5–6. The doctrine of the Trinity has been a "shibboleth" for orthodoxy in the faith for well over a thousand years, as expressed very precisely in the Athanasian Creed.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest (whether positive or negative) review.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good educational read 3 Mar 2014
By Patty Krueger - Published on Amazon.com
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Very informative and in depth discussion of the Trinity, it's origins, and what it really is. Very good book. I enjoyed it very much
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of useful Bible knowledge in a little book 5 Mar 2014
By Rick Gomez - Published on Amazon.com
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R. C. Sproul in just a few pages condensed the development of the Trinity doctrine in an easy to understand manner. My wife and I enjoyed it immensely.
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