Original Research - Special Collection: God as One

Taking stock of the Trinitarian renaissance: What have we learnt?

Rian Venter
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 75, No 1 | a5407 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i1.5407 | © 2019 Rian Venter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 February 2019 | Published: 29 November 2019

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Rian Venter, Department Historical and Constructive Theology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa


The re-appreciation of the Trinitarian confession in the twentieth century is widely considered a major theological development. Recently, several critical voices emerged, questioning the direction of these explorations. As response, the article identifies major emphases of this rediscovery, namely, the return to sources, the clarification of the function of the confession and its re-envisioning of the nature of divinity, the more centring of the Christian vision in one material principle, the heuristic potential for practical questions and the need for apophatism. The article appreciatively intimates the subtler dynamics to the enthusiasm for the Trinity and briefly highlights the presence of transcendence, narrativity, imagination, analogy and spirituality in the discourse. Some suggestions have been provided for future reflection.


Trinity; Trinitarian renaissance; Divine attributes; Apophatism; Economic and immanent Trinity


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