Day: May 2, 2009

the function of the doctrine of the Trinity?

Following on from my post about the trinitarian appropriations, Moltmann (The Trinity and the Kingdom of God, p 191) has some chewy — and characteristically provocative — words…

The functional problem of the doctrine of the Trinity lies in its relationship to the doctrine of the kingdom. How are God’s Trinity and his kingdom related to one another? Is the doctrine of the Trinity the appropriate interpretation of the one divine lordship (Barth’s view), or does the history of the kingdom of God reveal the divine life of the Father, the Son and the Spirit? Does the divine Trinity act only inwardly in its threefold nature, acting outwardly ‘without division’ (as Augustine taught)? Or are the ‘works of the Trinity’ defined in a trinitarian sense as well? The more we stress the economy of salvation and the lordship of God, the more we are compelled to stress God’s unity, for this divine rule would seem only capable of being exercised by a single, identical subject. But the further doxology is developed, the more it is possible already to perceive the triunity in the history of salvation and in the lordship that makes us free; and the more this will be praised to all eternity.

Tantalising, right?