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The God Who Is Triune: Revisioning the Christian Doctrine of God [Paperback]

By Allan Coppedge (Author)
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IVP Print On Demand Title The triunity of the Christian God is not just one isolated doctrine among others. Allan Coppedge draws out the implications for our understanding of God's nature, attributes, roles, relationship to Creation and Providence.

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"We worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity." (Athanasian Creed, 6th century A.D. The triunity of the Christian God is not just one isolated doctrine among others. Allan Coppedge unfolds the implications of the trinitarian being of God for our entire understanding of the nature, character and acts of God. Building on the theology of the church from the early church fathers, tracing it through the Reformation and down to current theological treatments of the Trinity, Coppedge draws out the implications for our understanding of God's nature, attributes, roles, and relationship to creation and providence.

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Studio: IVP Academic
Pages   345
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 1"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2007
Publisher   IVP Academic
ISBN  0830825967  
ISBN13  9780830825967  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Coppedge is Beeson Professor of Christian Theology at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, where he has taught for more than 20 years.

Allan Coppedge currently resides in Wilmore, in the state of Kentucky.

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Meeting the Triune God  Nov 18, 2008
In The God Who Is Triune, subtitled Revisioning the Christian Doctrine of God, Coppedge undertakes a systematic exposition of the doctrine of God. The key to the book, though, as its title makes clear, is that Coppedge draws on the triunity of God as the key for his reconstruction. The book opens with two chapters laying out the New Testament evidence, larger biblical "frame," and early theological developments toward understanding God as triune, making a case that understanding God as three in one and one in three, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is essential to understanding who God is. He then goes on to construct a fuller doctrine of God, covering the classic themes of God's attributes, creation, and providence, but he does it all after laying the trinitarian groundwork and in light of these fundamental insights. This makes Coppedge's book a valuable contribution to the field.

Coppedge's material on the Trinity is very well done, and I think he lays out very clearly and helpfully the essentials necessary for constrcting a theology of the Trinity. He shows much sympathy toward an Eastern approach to the Trinity that starts more from God's threeness and goes on to assert God's unity, though he also shows sympathies toward the more Western, Augistinian approach of starting from God's unity. Overall, though, this Eastern trend helps give the trinitarian drama to his whole presentation, as it keeps the vibrant interrelational life of God center stage as moves on to discuss God's being and attributes and God's relation to creation.

One of the defining insights of the book is that a Trinitiarian starting point means that when one moves to discussing God, the traditional four categories of attributes are still discussed--personal, moral, relative, and absolute--but they are approached in a different order. Coppedge begins with God's personal attributes (discussing attributes such as God's social nature, life, heart, moral capacity, freedom, creativity, and responsibility) and moral attributes. Only then does he move on to God's relative and absolute attributes. This means that God's sociality, will, freedom, and righteousness come before and exercise a controling role over attributes such as omnipotence. The result of this is that a picture of a vibrant, alive, relating God comes to the fore. This doesn't lessen God's glory or holiness, or diminish God's transcendence, but it means that who God is isn't lost in discussions of what God is capable of. Instead of focusing on God's being in himself, with a focus on God's unity as the omnipotent and omnipresent being above and beyond the universe one meets God as Father, Son, and Spirit, forever relating as living, loving, active beings who come to meet us in holiness and invite us to enter into their trine life. That, to me, is the refreshing aspect of this book. The Doctrine of God doesn't become abstract philosophical discussions about categories of being, though it does contain that, but it focuses instead on God as he makes himself known in a personal way. The focus is thereby supremely on God as made known in Jesus Christ, who becomes the key for our understanding of who God is.

I found Coppedge's expositon of the entire doctrine of God based on a trinitarian starting point to be supremely helpful. It helps to illumine all of theology by adding a relational element to God's very existence. It also points Coppedge (a Weslyan) toward an understanding of providence and freedom that entails God inviting human persons to enter into genuine relations with God and each other in true freedom. In short, I think it is one of the most helpful defenses I have read of a Weslyan (that is, essentially an Arminian) understanding of providence and free will, drawing as it does on God's very nature as the ground for its theological reasoning.

I highly recommend this book as a great resource on the doctrine of the Trinity, but more than that, I think it is essential reading for an example of how Trinity matters to all of Christian life and thought, instead of being a mere appendix to the doctrine of God to set it apart from other non-Christian expositions of theism. Not only did I benefit from it, but I enjoyed reading it. And further more, I was drawn closer to God through it, by being reminded that God isn't an amorphous being up there but instead chooses to be known as Father, Son, and Spirit: in short, God lets us know who he is, and that's a lot more intimate than focusing on what or that God is.
The Trinity is Back  Aug 20, 2008
This was an excellent book. It outlines the Trinity in a manner that is inclusive of Greek and Western thought. It also explains the Trinity in terms that are easy to understand and grasp. This offers the explaination that many in the church today are missing.
Knowing God-an integrated process  Aug 15, 2008
"It is time for Jesus to return to the center of the Christian faith"(13). These words at the beginning of this well written, passionate, yet scholarly text by Alan Coppedge, set the stage for the focus of his trinitarian exploration. Coppedge contends that most doctrine of God texts start at the attributes of God and then seek to make connections. In this text he starts the opposite way. He makes the connection of God to his creation and the world and them juxtaposes the actions of God with the known attributes of God. One of the most important aspects of this book its two-fold supposition that in order to know God fully, one must not only have truth but application of that truth. Coppedge asserts that Christian theology is in this light a dual study...truth and it appliciation to "personal lives and to the church"(22). Throughout the rest of this text, Coppedge seek astutely to introduce God through the doctrine of the trinity, and to connect this triune God to the scriptures(both Old and New Testament),God's role in the economic trinity (God's relation to creation) and his providence, all within a framework that maintains a Chrsitological focus.
Coppedge writes a readable text that accomplishes what he seeks, to present God in a light where both Classic and open theist can find some ground to continue the debate from one of the aspects they both accept. A trinitarian presupposition.
Trinity Makes a Difference  Aug 15, 2008
"The God Who Is Triune," is extremely readable considering the conceptual difficulty of Trinitarian doctrine. It is also practical as it addresses the particular ways in which this unique understanding of God informs both faith and our personal relationships. This text is not only academic but pastoral as it takes what is often dense and arcane and makes it practical for those interested in understanding why Trinitarian faith is not just a matter of what we must say and merely pretend to understand, but also a picture of how we can and must live. To the author's credit, he is able to demonstrate the surprising extent to which Trinitarian doctrine bridges the gap between ideas about God and a life with God and others. While most people do not expect a book on doctrine to do so, Coppedge's picture of the Trinity will cause most readers who formerly only tolerated the Trinity as a mere statement of faith to actually embrace Trinitarianism and seek out ways to live it out.

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