The doctrine of the Trinity confounds many Christians. Because they do not have a proper understanding of this truth, they therefore lack the means to make it meaningful in their theology, worship, and everyday life. Resurrecting the Trinity will change this.
In non-academic prose, this book explains the fuzziness and apathy surrounding the Trinity. It provides a fascinating and erudite journey as to how it got this way, and then goes on to show how it is the center of everything and how this glorious doctrine exudes with love, vitality, and richness.
The Trinity has rightly come in for sustained attention over the past few decades, as theologians have relearned what we had nearly forgotten; namely, that the Trinity is the ground and grammar of all theology. It is now time for high Trinitarian theology to be translated into language for the churches, and that is what Dr. Sawyer is doing in this book. In simple language he explains complex realities and shows why the doctrine of the Trinity is deeply relational and issues out of and then back into rich and intimate worship.
—Myk Habets, Dean of Faculty, Head of Carey Graduate School, and Lecturer in Systematic Theology, Carey Baptist College (New Zealand)
Without a doubt, although Trinitarian discussions abound in the academia today, the doctrine of the Trinity remains to be highly misunderstood, consciously marginalized, and ignorantly unappreciated by many Christians in the local church. Sawyer makes a passionate appeal to give the doctrine of the Trinity a chance. By intentionally looking at it, he asserts, we will come to appreciate its internal splendor and its many personal, soteriological, and missional implications. Sawyer invites us to prepare ourselves to be dazzled by a beauty that our eyes often fail to notice. Resurrecting the Trinity addresses the most common (mis)understandings and answers the most common questions related to the doctrine. The book’s practical approach makes it like a trinitarian FAQ page.
—Dick O. Eugenio, Associate Professor of Theology at Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary, Philippines; author of Communion with the Triune God
Sawyer’s theologically meaty book, Resurrecting the Trinity, is not for the fainthearted. Sawyer means to confront modern misconceptions about God, ones which cut across numerous denominational lines. In his own words, ‘Failure to come to grips with the Trinity as persons in eternal self-giving relationships of love is perhaps the greatest failure of the Western church.’ Sawyer tackles this problem head-on, digging into Scripture with the help of early church fathers and theologians. Resurrecting the Trinity is a helpful introduction to nuances in Trinitarian thought for the serious Christian reader.
—Victor Kuligin, Academic Dean and Lecturer, Bible Institute of South Africa
M. James Sawyer (Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) has taught theology, church history, and historical theology for more than twenty-five years. He is professor at A. W. Tozer Seminary and director of Sacred Saga Ministries.