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June 2015 Vol. 52 No. 10

Baker Academic

The following review appeared in the June 2015 issue of CHOICE. The review is for your internal use only. Please review our Permission and Reprints Guidelines or email


2014-17530 CIP
The Holy Trinity in the life of the church, ed. by Khaled Anatolios. Baker Academic/Holy Cross Press, 2014. 253p bibl indexes afp ISBN 9780801048975 pbk, $30.00.

Anatolios (Boston College School of Theology and Ministry) presents a collection of papers from a 2008 conference sponsored by the Pappas Patristic Institute of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.  An ecumenical collection of contributors—including renowned patristics scholars John Behr, Brian Daley, Nonna Verna Harrison, Joseph Lienhard, and John McGuckin—reflect on the mystery of the Trinity in relation to worship, soteriology, christology, and ecclesiology.  Some essays interpret the thought of early fathers such as Polycarp, Gregory of Nyssa, Augustine, Maximus the Confessor, John of Damascus, and Ephrem the Syrian; others discuss Luther and Ignatius of Loyola; a few touch on the work of modern Orthodox theologian John Zizioulas.  In his contribution, McGuckin urges a reorientation of patristic scholarship away from a history of religion's account of the development of Trinitarian concepts to a re-reading of patristic Trinitarian theology as doxology—an approach the essays, as a whole, reflect.  Accordingly, the collection will be appreciated by not only students of patristics but also anyone interested in the relevance of Trinitarian theology.  The essays are accessible to students but also challenging to scholars.

--J. Gresham, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals.