Annotated Bibliography -- By: John H. Armstrong
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Beisner, E. Calvin. God in Three Persons. Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale, 1984. A simple overview that traces the formulation of the doctrine and the controversies that arose among early Christians who sought to find the right language to adequately explain this truth.
Bowman, Robert M. Why You Should Believe in the Trinity: An Answer to the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1989. A brief refutation of the claims of the Jehovah’s Witnesses that the Trinity is an apostate doctrine.
Boyd, Gregory A. Oneness Pentecostals & the Trinity. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1992. Boyd, now the leading proponent of “openness” theology, was once a Oneness Pentecostal. Here he explains why he left this moment and embraced historic doctrinal understanding. Oneness Pentecostalism is the largest anti-Trinitarian movement in the world.
Bray, Gerald H. The Personal God: Is the Classical Understanding Tenable? Carlisle, Cumbria: Paternoster Press, 1998. A response to the “openness” proposal mentioned in the above comment.
*Bray, Gerald H. The Doctrine of God. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1993. This is one of several volumes in the extremely helpful series, Contours of Christian Theology. Answers questions related to how we should understand the personal, Trinitarian existence of God.
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Butin, Philip W. The Trinity. Louisville: The Geneva Press, 2001. This new title is part of a new series of books on theological issues for laypersons. Written in plain, understandable and readable language. A very useful book.
Campbell, Ken. Our Awesome God: What Is our God Really Like? Inverness, Scotland: Christian Focus Publications, n.d. A basic book that could be used with profit by youth groups.
Coffey, David. Deus Trinitas: The Doctrine of the Triune God. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. Coffey, an Australian priest of the Roman Catholic Church considers the full range of issues related to the Trinity. This is an important academic work that interacts with serious contemporary philosophical arguments.
* Erickson, Millard J. Making Sense of the Trinity. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000. A popularly-written introduction to three crucial questions: Is the doctrine of the Trinity biblical? Does the doctrine make sense? What difference does the doctrine make? Erickson is clear, concise and helpful. Churches could profitably use this book for study groups.
Erickson, Millard J. God the Father Almighty: A...
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