Theology in Three Dimensions: A Guide to Triperspectivalism and Its Significance
Frame, John M.
“Care. Despite the erudite riches contained in this work, what surfaces throughout is John Frames care and concern: care for Gods glory and for the church. Frame shatters the common notion that profundity and scholarship must be long, tedious, arcane, and impractical. The very structure of this work shows how triperspectivalism is really theology as application, as Frame has insisted for decadesthe crisp text, usable discussion questions, handy glossary, and additional resources make this work an accessible and ideal on ramp and gateway for exploring and habituating what Gods Word requires me to do now, as John has often put it. Frame cares, and with this work, you can learn to cultivate real care for God, Gods creation, and Gods image, our neighborsall to his glory.”See All
Jeffery J. Ventrella
Senior Counsel, Senior VicePresident, Strategic Training, Alliance Defending Freedom
“It would be a theological treat to have in a single volume a summary of the chief contribution of arguably the worlds leading English-speaking theologian. You hold that book in your hands. John M. Frame and Vern Poythress have written copiously about multiperspectivalism, an invaluable tool in interpreting Gods revelation. It is an instance of genuine theological development in that it has no obvious precedent in church history, though, as Frame notes, it harmonizes neatly with the Westminster Confession of Faith. In this book, Frame distills decades of careful Bible study and teaching in furnishing a remarkable key for understanding Gods revelation. This is one of those books that you can keep turning to in your life and ministry. The Bible is unchanged and unchanging, but our perspectives on it should deepen and mature over time. Frame shows what these perspectives are and how they work.”See All
P. Andrew Sandlin
Founder and President, Center for Cultural Leadership
“I commend this book as a short, useful, practical introduction to triperspectivalism. Frame introduces and explains in a clear way the main triads that he has used, especially the triad for lordship and the triad for ethics. He briefly shows their relation to the Trinity and the way they work in practice. The scope of the discussion makes the book an excellent introduction to the rest of his publications.”See All
Vern S. Poythress
Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Westminster Theological Seminary
“This book provides a clear and refreshing explanation of John Frames insightful approach to studying the Bible (and everything else!) from three different perspectives. It is the fruit of a lifetime of thinking and teaching about the inexhaustible splendor of God himself, Gods Word, Gods world, and us as creatures made in Gods image.”See All
Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary
“Theology in Three Dimensions is practical, pastoral, and accessible. Need help making sense of what the Bible teaches about our God, our lives, and our world from a thoroughly Trinitarian perspective? Are you looking for a handbook to Dr. Frames triperspectival approach to theology? Youve found it!”See All
Missionary to North Africa and the Middle East, Equipping Pastors International
“In spite of what many think, Jesus doesnt command us in the Great Commission to teach people all that he commanded us. Instead, he commands us to teach people to obey all that he commanded us (Matt. 28:20). And theres a big difference. With this difference in mind, John Frame presents us with an approach to understanding and teaching the Bible that has the goal of not merely transmitting truth from the teachers mind to the students mind, but also applying that truth to the students heart and life. As one of the foremost Christian philosophers and theologians of our day, Frame argues for us to think of theology not only as the accumulation and memorization of doctrinal ideas, but also as the practical application of those ideas to hearts and lives. He calls this approach triperspectivalism. Dont let that term throw you. This is a God-centered method for interpreting and teaching the Bible that is deeply rooted in the triune nature of God as Lord and in Jesus as Christ, especially reflected in his three offices as Prophet, Priest, and King. Even though Frame has written much on this topic during his fifty years as a seminary professor, he has once again proved his commitment to help people apply the Bible and theology to real life through this concise and practical book. I know of no more God-honoring, life-transforming approach for understanding and teaching the Word of God than the one that John Frame presents in Theology in Three Dimensions. I highly recommend it and pray that God will use it around the world for the sake of the nations.”See All
President, Pathway Learning; Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando
Because God created all things with coherent unity, everything can be understood from the perspective of everything else. We experience the world in the context of our own bodies, but every day we broaden our understanding through the perspectives of others. Meanwhile, our omniscient God is also omniperspectival. Through his revelation, he allows us a glimpse of his own divine perspective.
What does this mean for us? One valuable dimension of this reality is that theological issues can also be helpfully viewed from multiple perspectives without compromising their unity and truth. In this accessible introduction to his Bible study and theological method, John Frame teaches us to approach doctrine with situational, normative, and existential perspectives modeled on the Trinity.