The Trinity as Christian Teaching

Kathryn Tanner

in The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199557813
Published online January 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

The Trinity as Christian Teaching

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This article considers the doctrine of Trinity as Christian teaching. It mentions that the eventual authoritative teaching about the Trinity that developed over the first five centuries or so of the Common Era has often been understood by modern theologians to be the product of arcane theological speculation beyond the biblical witness. It shows that the dogmatic place of the Trinity arose in the early Church from reading the New Testament's testimony to the relationships and activities of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It explains that what came to be authoritative Christian teaching about the Trinity involves the convergence of biblical interpretation and theological pressures fundamental to Christian concerns about salvation in Christ.

Keywords: Trinity; Christian teaching; Common Era; biblical witness; New Testament; Holy Spirit; biblical interpretation; theological pressures; salvation in Christ

Article.  5605 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion ; Christianity

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