The Quest for the Trinity: The Doctrine of God in Scripture, History and Modernity

Holmes, Stephen R.

Limited Stock Title: This title has limited availability. In the event we are not able to fulfill this part of your order it will be canceled automatically. The remainder of your order will ship according to our regular schedule.

Related Resources

Endorsements ()

Product Description

Books at a Glance


Read a review from Books at a Glance


Listen to a lecture by Dr. Lane Tipton entitled Westminster's Trinitarian Theology. (Requires a free account at Westminster Theological Seminary).


The doctrine of the Trinity was settled in the fourth century, and maintained, with only very minor disagreement or development, by all strands of the church--Western and Eastern, Protestant and Catholic--until the modern period. In the twentieth century, there arose a sense that the doctrine had been neglected and stood in need of recovery.

In The Quest for the Trinity, Holmes takes us on a remarkable journey through 2,000 years of the Christian doctrine of God. We witness the church’s discovery of the Trinity from the biblical testimony, its crucial patristic developments, and medieval and Reformation continuity. We are also confronted with the questioning of traditional dogma during the Enlightenment, and asked to consider anew the character of the modern Trinitarian revival.

Holmes’s controversial conclusion is that the explosion of theological work in recent decades claiming to recapture the heart of Christian theology in fact deeply misunderstands and misappropriates the traditional doctrine of the Trinity. Yet his aim is constructive: to grasp the wisdom of the past and, ultimately, to bring a clearer understanding of the meaning of the present.

232 Pages
Published November 2012

About the Author

Stephen R. Holmes (PhD, King's College London) is Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. His books include Listening to the Past: The Place of Tradition in Theology, and Christian Doctrine: A Reader, edited with Lindsey Hall and Murray Rae.

Endorsements for The Quest for the Trinity

Recently Viewed