Saturday, 16 April 2016

The Good God, by Michael Reeves

Michael Reeves, The Good God: Enjoying Father, Son and Spirit, 2012 Paternoster

Most Christians acknowledge the doctrine of the Trinity and have some awareness that it is an important teaching, without understanding why. If they were asked to explain the Trinity, they would probably an heterodox definition, something approaching modalism, or perhaps tritheism. The Good God offers an entry-level exploration of the doctrine of the Trinity, explaining why this dogma matters and how to understand it. Along the way, it offers some snapshots of key moments and figures in historical theology.

Reeves demonstrates that knowing God as Trinity is fundamental to understanding that God is love. For Muslims and Jehovah's Witnesses, God was alone before the creation. He had nobody to love. Allah could never be a God of love, because his love depends upon creation and is not essential to his existence. However, for the Christian, God the Father loved God the Son before the creation. Love is internal to the Triune God.

This is an enjoyable and easy to read book. My only complaint is that when the author discusses soteriology, he has a very definite pro-Reformation Protestant bias.

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