The Doctrine of God

The Doctrine of God Here is a substantial introduction to the nature and subject of God and compelling call for evangelicals to renew their commitment to the solid foundation of a truly trinitarian theology

  • Title: The Doctrine of God
  • Author: Gerald L. Bray
  • ISBN: 9780830815319
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Paperback
  • Here is a substantial introduction to the nature and subject of God, and compelling call for evangelicals to renew their commitment to the solid foundation of a truly trinitarian theology.

    318 Comment

    • Brian Chilton says:

      Bray does an excellent job expounding on the theological beliefs of the church. However, Bray's book takes a bizarre twist. Bray is incredibly hostile towards Thomas Aquinas and apologetics; to the point that Bray sides with skeptics which is an odd position for a theologian to take. After expounding that it is impossible for one to know that God exists, Bray then lays out the beliefs of the church. Bray, on page 205, even seems to discredit the belief in the human soul. It is not known whether [...]

    • Ben Holloway says:

      The truth is: I don't disagree with much the author had to say but the author attempts to say far too much and doesn't manage to make any of it very interesting.

    • Jimmy says:

      This is not easy reading, and it's not exactly what I expected (truth be told, I didn't know what to expect). Bray provides a concise survey of the development of the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, beginning with Christian departure from Jewish monotheism, continuing through to the Medieval s - including the Cappadocian Fathers in the East and Augustine in the West - Thomas Aquinas, then the great Reformers, and finally key developments in the 19th and 20th centuries. He closes with a call t [...]

    • Peter B. says:

      Bray does a good job handling difficult subjects without getting needlessly technical. There are still sections which are hard to grasp (I still don't fully grasp the discussion on time in the last chapter), but over all, the book was interesting to read. Bray focuses on the doctrine of the Trinity and structures the book by a historical survey of the doctrine. The high point of the book is Calvin's doctrine of the Trinity which emphasized the persons of the Trinity, rather than the concept of " [...]

    • Isaac says:

      What was useful about this book was that it introduced me to something of the broader theological debates in the church. What was much less useful was that it was mostly boring to read and it committed the greatest crime in theology: it failed to move my heart towards my God (even if it helped somewhat in moving my head towards Him). Time is precious, and it's unlikely that I'll come back to finish this book (read up to Ch 3) - maybe will use as a reference in times to come, but on a whole there [...]

    • Robert Murphy says:

      Fantastic content. More than a head-full. Presentation is a little dry and plodding. But I mean, come on, it's the Trinity! Were you expecting it to be easy? His approach is historical and he only has a few pages at the end of historical conclusions. He does a good job bringing out the best of Calvin in contradistinction to Barth. Recommended for all evangelical, scholarly, Protestant theologians.

    • Bart says:

      Gerald Bray’s The Doctrine of God exhibits a genius of brevity and insight. The work covers the essential history and reasoning behind core dogmatic questions regarding the nature of God. Most helpfully, the book breathes with both lungs of Christendom, both East and West. With this grounded yet full-orbed approach, The Doctrine of God can be readily commended to a member of any branch of Christ’s Church as well as to a relative newcomer to the Christian faith.

    • Ray Ruppert says:

      Bray had a very interesting statement, “To know God was to know his works (in creation), to hear his voice (in Scripture) and to enjoy fellowship with him (in the persons of the Trinity). If these things were properly understood and mastered, said the Reformers, the problem of knowing God’s essence would appear as abstract – and useless – speculation” (p 65). Overall, this is a book worth reading.

    • Katherine says:

      Great material. I just wish he could write in a way that is accessible to the non-theologian. I had to read this for a class. No way in hell I would have read it otherwise. And it contains some good stuff that I would have missed if it hadn't been assigned. However, I can't recommend it because it's way too long-winded.

    • Richard Wright says:

      Great book from the most unassuming, yet most brilliant, man alive. Could be an exaggeration but the man knows 13 languages, is a speed reader, practically has a photographic memory, and has a great sense of humor. I trust Bray with all he says and writes. He taught me a few classes at Beeson Divinity School. Remarkable man.

    • G Walker says:

      Good book. Well written/communicated. A little too critical toward the East, but still a helpful volume. Worthy of reading by way of a beginner to intermediate text. One of the better volumes in the Contours Series from IVP.

    • Samuel Kassing says:

      This book really helped me understand the Trinity. Bray does a good job of laying out how the three persons are unified and yet distinct. This was a dense read and I'm still wrestling with what he had to say about time. Overall I was really edified by this book.

    • Todd says:

      Typical Bray: Brilliant! I love this entire series (Contours Of Christian Theology) and this volume is excellent. If I were teaching a course on theology proper this would certainly be a primary text. Bray is an impressive scholar but he writes theology with a proper warmth. Highly recommended.

    • Doctor VanNostrum says:

      I enjoy Bray's approach to writing and scholarship and find his books engaging. No exception here. This is a good series.

    • Andrew says:

      Easy to read introduction to the doctrine of the Trinity. I particularly enjoyed the presentation of Cappadocian Trinitarianism and the way in differs from the Western tradition in chapter 4.

    • John says:

      Another hard but useful read on an unsettled subject!

    • Brent McCulley says:

      Great primer on theology proper.

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