Most contemporary presentations of the Christian God focus on attributes associated with either his oneness or his relationality. These are often pitted against, and assumed to contradict, one another. Many of the most august terms used to describe God’s oneness have been forgotten in popular Christian circles, words such as simplicity and aseity. Deprived of such concepts, language bout God’s love and relationality can do little other than settle into a comforting but ultimately shallow and unreliable gesture towards bland niceness.
In response, Peter Sanlon offers a fresh, stimulating examination of the triune God who is love. He guides us through the classical theological tradition of Augustine, Anselm and Aquinas – aiming to help us think and speak more faithfully about God. Moreover Sanlon introduces the all-important concept of simplicity: without simplicity, it is not possible fully to affirm all the Bible teaches about God. Lastly he examines the relationality of God’s love in Scripture, indicating how some figures from church history have written about love and the Trinity and most of all the importance of God’s simplicity for the atonement.
‘ In a clear introduction to the central truths of our faith, Peter Sanlon opens up the wonder of our relationship with God and of his great love for us.’ – Gerald Bray, Beeson Divinity School