Jesus in the Trinity
A Beginner's Guide to the Theology of Robert Jenson
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What does it mean to live in a world created by the triune God? And what does a sharpening of our understanding of Christ within the trinity do to our conception of God as a whole?
As mystifying as it is poetic and as frustrating as it is revolutionary, the theology of Robert Jenson never strays far from questions which threaten to reconfigure our whole doctrinal tradition. A critical figure in understanding doctrinal debates, Jenson's work is nonetheless incredibly hard to get a handle on.
Jesus in the Trinity presents a much-needed primer on the theologian, demystifying his work and exploring the place his thinking has in the life of faith today.
1. A Not-So-Gentle Introduction to Jenson’s Theology 1
Part One | A Cluster of Jensonian Concepts 21
2. The Strange God of the Gospel 23
3. Time, Eternities and the Story of God 37
Part Two | Jenson and the Tradition 61
4. In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit 63
5. We Believe in One Lord, Jesus Christ 88
Part Three | Jenson’s Doctrine of God 107
6. Adopting and Adapting Barth’s Doctrine of Election 109
7. One Dramatic Act, Two Terms 130
8. Easter First, Creation After 153
Part Four | And So 181
9. What on Earth Do We Do? 183
10. Concluding Postscript 210
Selected Works by Robert W. Jenson 215
Selected Secondary Literature 219
Index of Names and Subjects 224
"A keenly needed book from a powerfully competent theologian and word-smith" -- Donna Lazenby
"...he does a masterful job of easing the reader into Jenson's world..." -- Stephen J. Wright
"This is a guidebook in the best possible sense, as Lincoln Harvey makes the reader confront the disconcerting originality of Jenson’s thinking whilst discovering the order and beauty within his carefully elaborated and skillfully orchestr'ted points and counterpoints. This exciting book is a lively celebration of the work of a theologian who is rightly described as “America’s theologian'." -- Christoph Schwobel, University of St Andrews
"A fast-paced and exciting book about a fast-paced and exciting thinker. Lincoln Harvey's illuminating account of Jenson's thought brings into focus some of the most challenging and contested questions of theology today." -- Ben Myers, Christian Heritage College, Brisbane
"Jenson’s style was to pack centuries of thought into single phrases, but Harvey reverses the trend. Where Jenson sped up, Harvey slows down and savors, unpacks, and meditates. This is a contemplative biography of Jenson and his thought, and, like Harvey, we will find ourselves bowing in the company of the recognizable, yet strangely original God we serve.” -- Julie Canlis, Whitworth University, Washington
“In this engaging and stylish study, Lincoln Harvey, tutor in Systematic Theology at St Mellitus College, provides a fine introduction to the broad sweep of Jenson’s theological thought. With the skill of an experienced teacher, he introduces themes that are later consolidated, deftly looped back to, and linked with others in a fast-paced and a challenging read.” (Church Times, 5 June 2020)