Global Missiology English, Vol 4, No 16 (2019)

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Simplicity, Analogy, and the Trinity: Restoring the Doctrine of Father-God from Contextualization Gone Awry 1 - by. Mark R. Kreitzer

Mark R. Kreitzer - Grand Canyon Univ: Assoc Prof, School of Theology


My thesis is that the ancient consensus on the Triune nature of God is absolutely correct, but the whole classic package that justifies and explains it is syncretistic. It needs to be reformed by an international hermeneutical community to develop a new consensus based upon biblical theology and not upon a neoplatonic substrate, robbing us of the true knowledge of our Father-God. That new consensus then should be contextualized into the thousands of ethno-cultural groups of the earth (and not the classical view). Hence, only Scripture can describe "the only true God," "our Father in heaven," the absolutely personal and independent Sovereign over all things (Is 63:16, 64:8; Mt 6:9; Jn 17:3; Acts 17:25; 1 Tim 1:17; 1 Cor 8:6).