I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable this collection of essays on the Trinity was. Edited by Timothy George, these essays were originally delivered at The Beeson Divinity School of Samford University. The contributors are an impressive lot: Alister McGrath, Gerald Bray, James Earl Massey, Avery Cardinal Dulles, Frederica Mathewes-Green, J.I. Packer, Ellen T. Charry, Cornelius Plantinga, and Timothy George.
The essays approach the Trinity from a number of interesting starting points. James Earl Massey (a prince of a man!) discusses the Trinity and African-American spirituals. Avery Cardinal Dulles discusses the Trinity and Christian unity. In a brief and fascinating essay, Frederica Mathewes-Green discuss the Trinity in the Old Testament. J.I. Packer gives a very interesting look at Trinitarianism in the thought of John Owen. Timothy George has penned a very helpful essay on the Trinity and Islam.
As I say, these are compelling essays, and each of them, to varying degrees, is helpful. The highlights for me are (in this order): (1) Cornelius Plantinga’s fascinating and soul-stirring sermon, “Deep Wisdom”, (2) Alister McGrath’s balanced and level-headed overview of and cautions concerning modern Trinitarianism, and (3) Timothy George’s careful but clear call for courageous Trinitarianism in the context of conversing with Islam.
I found Ellen Charry’s essay, “The Soteriological Importance of the Divine Perfections”, to be tedious initially, but it ended well and I think I get what she was driving at. Furthermore, James Earl Massey’s essay, “Faith and Christian Life in the African-American Spirituals”, was good but I do wish it would have been longer.
Get this book. It will sharpen your thinking about the Trinity.