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Rector’s Reading Group: Delighting in the Trinity #1

Welcome to Waitara Anglican Rector’s reading group! We are reading Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves. We invite those who are reading the book to join the discussion in the comments.

Some thoughts on the Introduction.

1. Reeves works hard at generating some enthusiasm for his subject! Far from being a topic reserved for philosophers, to study the Trinity is to know God in a way that is transformative. Two quotes that stood out for me:

“For when it is only when you grasp what it means for God to be a Trinity that you really sense the beauty, the overflowing kindness, the heart-grabbing loveliness of God.” (p.9)

“We will see that the triune nature of this God affects everything from how we listen to music to how we pray: it makes for better marriages, warmer dealings with others, better church life; it gives Christians assurance, shapes holiness and transforms the very way we look at the world around us.” (p.10)

I look forward to discovering all these practical implications!

2. Reeves insists the Trinity is the distinctive feature of the Christian faith. I’ve always taught that there were two distinctives: the Trinity and the doctrine of grace. When he stumbled upon a room of scholars discussing what (if anything) was the unique feature of Christianity, C.S. Lewis is said to have responded “Oh that’s easy. It’s grace”. But Reeves tells of the medieval discovery of a group of Buddhists who believed in grace! I think that an understanding of salvation by God’s grace is still so rare that it remains a useful point of difference between what we believe and what other religions teach.

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