It’s been quite a while since I’ve been this excited about a theology book, or a book of applied theology. But I hope that tons of folks read Fred Sanders’s new book, The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything. It is an incredibly important book.
I’ll have more to say about it in the days ahead. Here’s one quote:
Because the gospel is Trinitarian, evangelicals as gospel people are by definition Trinity people, whether or not they think so. It only makes sense that if the gospel is inherently Trinitarian, the most consistently and self-consciously Trinitarian movement of Christians would be the movement that has named itself after the gospel, the evangel: evangelicalism.
If the two [evangelical] problems of weak Trinitarianism and shallowness are related, there is also a single solution: we must dig deeper into the gospel itself.
Matthew Anderson is downright giddy about the book. He writes on his blog:
But The Deep Things of God isn’t just personally edifying, though it is that. It is not only offers a robust solution to evangelical shallowness.
It is a performance of an evangelicalism I can make my home in, an evangelicalism that emphasizes Bible, cross, conversion, and heaven within a robustly Trinitarian framework that doesn’t reject our evangelical heritage, but reads it lovingly and critically to retrieve the riches that have been forgotten and neglected.
I don’t know how else to say it: The Deep Things of God is a must read for evangelicals who are disenchanted with the movement, and for those who think there is nothing to learn from it.
If you’re interested, Matthew is giving away a few copies before the release date.