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The TrinityAn Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Trinity$
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Stephen T. Davis, Daniel Kendall SJ, and Gerald O'Collins SJ

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246120

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199246122.001.0001

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Preaching the Trinity: A Preliminary Investigation

Preaching the Trinity: A Preliminary Investigation

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The Trinity

Marguerite Shuster

Oxford University Press

Marguerite Shuster explores the intuitively likely thesis that the doctrine of the Trinity has been given short shrift in the preaching of the church, by analysing the sermons in the thirteen‐volume 20 Centuries of Great Preaching and in forty‐three volumes of the journal Pulpit Digest. Few sermons (only twenty) explicitly on the Trinity appear. Furthermore, these sermons show marked doctrinal imprecision and largely fail to deal carefully with the biblical texts on which they are formally based. Shuster suggests that especially in an era of widespread ignorance of Christian fundamentals, preachers need to attend much more than most do to doctrinal preaching. For such preaching to be responsible, seminaries and churches must demand more precise basic knowledge of Christian theology from clergy and ministerial candidates.

Keywords:   20 Centuries of Great Preaching, biblical texts, ignorance, knowledge, Pulpit Digest, Shuster

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