In The Battle for the Trinity, Dr. Bloesch tackles the controversial issues surrounding the questions of God-language and their potential as one of the most divisive issues facing the church in the twentieth century. Should God be addressed as Father, Mother or Parent, should Jesus be referred to primarily as the Son of God or the Child of God, did God really reveal himself definitively in the person of his Son Jesus Christ? Bloesch contends that how we speak about God embodies the very core of Christianity and how we ultimately understand the biblical and historical meaning of the Trinity itself.
The debates surrounding the Doctrine of God are many, and Bloesch urges the church to respond to the concerns of women that the sacred carries both masculine and feminine dimensions. Bloesch emphasizes that the God of the Bible is not described in masculine terms exclusively, and we err in our failure to recognize it. If Christianity is to remain "genuinely Christian", these controversial issues must be dealt with in such a manner that will preserve the full historical and biblical understanding of the Trinity.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"This book should be (and I hope will be) the last word on the subject. It critiques feminism - but only in regard to the repercussions attending the feminist rejection of the Bible's own God-language. The topic, of course, invites passionate polemicism, but Bloesch's book is not that. Here is quite dispassionate, entirely respectful, fully researched, finely reasoned, theologically insightful demonstration to the effect that any change of that language can spell nothing other than the destruction of the faith it was intended to express. From here on, any and all discussion of the issue should start with, and address itself to, this book."
Vernard Eller, University of La Verne, California
Donald G. Bloesch
Donald G. Bloesch, Ph.D, is professor emeritus at Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He has written such books as Essentials of Evangelical Theology, Is the Bible Sexist?, and The Future of Evangelical Christianity. Dr. Bloesch was educated at the University of Chicago, Oxford University, University of Tubingen , and Basel University, where he studied under Karl Barth.