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ISBN: 9781783681051
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 10
Publication Date: 14/11/2015
Pages: 184
Series: Majority World Theology Series
Language: English

The Trinity among the Nations

The Doctrine of God in the Majority World


The second volume of an exciting new series exploring global theology.

Though the global center of Christianity has been shifting south and east over the past few decades, very few theological resources have dealt with the seismic changes afoot. The Majority World Theology series seeks to remedy that lack by gathering well-regarded Christian thinkers from around the world to discuss the significance of Christian teaching in their respective contexts.

The Trinity among the Nations focuses on Christian understandings of the character and work of God in various contexts. The contributors highlight global trends in trinitarian theology in relation to historic Christian confessions, especially the Nicene Creed, and draw out the rich implications of the doctrine of God for the church and Christian living today.

Author Bios

Gene L. Green
(Edited By)

Gene L. GreeN (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Wheaton College in Illinois. Previously he taught New Testament and served as Academic Dean and Rector of the Seminario ESEPA in San José, Costa Rica. He is the author of four biblical commentaries written in Spanish and English and Vox Petri: A Theology of Peter (Cascade, 2019), coauthor of The New Testament in Antiquity (Zondervan, 2009), and coeditor of Global Theology in Evangelical Perspective (InterVarsity Academic, 2012). His current research focuses on the intersection of the Christian faith and cultures, both ancient and contemporary.

Stephen T. Pardue
(Edited By)

Steve Pardue (PhD, Wheaton College) is Associate Professor of Theology at the Asia Graduate School of Theology, Manila, Philippines. He is the author of The Mind of Christ: Humility and the Intellect in Early Christian Theology (London/New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2012) and co-editor of Asian Christian Theology (Carlisle, UK: Langham Global Library). He grew up in the Philippines and moved back there after finishing his doctoral work. His areas of research include virtue theory, contextual theology, and the doctrine of providence.

K. K. Yeo
(Edited By)

K. K. YEO is Harry R. Kendall Professor of New Testament at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.


Imagine a book in which theologians from various continents and cultural-linguistic contexts share testimonies and compare notes about the Trinity. Imagine further that these theologians dare to con- sider the meaning of Trinity from such diverse perspectives as Native American, Chinese Confucian, Latin American liberationist, African traditional, and feminist-maternal. Congratulations — you have found such a book! Highly recommended.

Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen
Fuller Theological Seminary

Scholarly, informed, and grounded in Majority World realities, these stimulating essays on the doctrine of the Trinity will surely expand readers’ horizons and deepen appreciation for other voices.

M. Daniel Carroll R.
Denver Seminary

Courageously decentering a narrow Western approach to the crucially important Christian concept of the triune God, Green, Pardue, and Yeo offer bold explorations at the intersection of Trinity and various Majority World cultures. . . . This book and the Majority World Theology series that it represents are welcome contributions to our under- standing of world Christianity today.

Charles Farhadian
Westmont College

Christian theology follows Christian mission. Wherever the gospel goes, it needs to engage questions that arise from its latest cultural encounters. Now that most of the world’s Christians live outside of the faith’s former strongholds in Europe and European settlements, Christian thinking has much new work to do. . . . Kudos to the authors and editors for presenting this work.

Joel Carpenter
Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity

Table of Contents

  1. Abbreviations

  2. Introduction: Trinity 101: Kaleidoscopic Views of God in the Majority World (K. K. Yeo)
  3. 1. One God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity (Gerald Bray)
  4. 2. Beyond Homoiousios and Homoousios: Exploring North American Indigenous Concepts of the Shalom Community of God (Randy S. Woodley)
  5. 3. The Trinity in Africa: Trends and Trajectories (Samuel Waje Kunhiyop)
  6. 4. The Trinity as Gospel (Antonio González)
  7. 5. Learning to See Jesus with the Eyes of the Spirit: The Unlikely Prophets of God’s Reign (C. Rosalee Velloso Ewell)
  8. 6. Asian Reformulations of the Trinity: An Evaluation (Natee Tanchanpongs)
  9. 7. Motherliness of God: A Search for Maternal Aspects in Paul’s Theology (Atsuhiro Asano)
  10. 8. How to Understand a Biblical God in Chinese: Toward a Cross-Cultural Biblical Hermeneutics (Zi Wang)

  11. Contributors
  12. Index of Names
  13. Index of Subjects
  14. Index of Scripture References


Gerald L. Bray

Gerald L. Bray (Ph.D., La Sorbonne) is a professor at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and director of research at Latimer Trust. He has written and edited a number of books on different theological subjects. A priest of the Church of England, Bray has also edited the post-Reformation Anglican canons.

Randy Woodley

Randy Woodley is a Keetoowah Cherokee Indian who has been in ministry among First Nations people since 1984. He is an author, pastor, teacher, lecturer, poet and activist. With his wife, Edith (Eastern Shoshone/Choctaw), he is president and cofounder of Eagle's Wings Ministry (interdenominational).
The Woodleys are forerunners in what is today being called the Native American Contextual Movement. While they are establishing the Eloheh Village for Indigenous Leadership and Ministry Development (located near Wilmore, Kentucky), Randy and Edith consult and mentor those starting churches and ministries among Native Americans.
Randy holds an M.Div. Degree and is working on his Ph.D. in intercultural studies. An ordained minister, he is founding board member of the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS) and the Contextual Indian Ministries Alliance (CIMA). He is also an associated leader within the International Reconciliation Movement and founder of several other ministries, including Cross Cultural Concerns and Christians for Justice.

Samuel Waje Kunhiyop

SAMUEL WAJE KUNHIYOP, PhD (Nigeria) is professor of Theology and Ethics at Jos ECWA Theological Seminary (JETS), where he previously served as Provost. Prior to that, he served as head of the Postgraduate School, South African Theological Seminary. He holds a BA (JETS), MAET (Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon), and PhD (Trinity International University, Illinois) He is an ordained minister with the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA).

Antonio González

ANTONIO GONZÁLEZ was born in Oviedo, Spain, in 1961. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy (Madrid, 1994) and also in theology (Frankfurt am Main, 1999). For several years he lived and worked with the Catholic Church in Latin America, moving afterward to a more evangelical comprehen- sion of the Christian faith. He has taught in Latin America, the United States, and Spain. He currently teaches at the Xavier Zubiri Foundation in Madrid, Spain.

C. Rosalee Velloso Ewell

C. ROSALEE VELLOSO EWELL is a Brazilian theologian from São Paulo. She earned a PhD from Duke University (USA) and taught for seven years in a cross-confessional seminary in Londrina, Brazil. She is the author and editor of various books and articles and the New Testament editor for the forthcoming Latin American Bible Commentary. She currently serves as executive director of the Theological Commission for the World Evangelical Alliance and lives in Birmingham, England.

Natee Tanchanpongs

NATEE TANCHANPONGS is the academic dean of Bangkok Bible Seminary and a pastor at Grace City Church, Bangkok, Thailand. He received his Ph.D. in theological studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2007, where he worked in the area of contextual hermeneutics. Thereafter he served the World Evangelical Alliance Theological Commission (WEA-TC), in which he worked in a study unit on contextualization. He is married to Bee. They have two children, Maisie and Meno.

Atsuhiro Asano

ATSUHIRO ASANO is professor of New Testament studies at the School of Theology, Kwansei Gakuin University, in Kobe, Japan. Asano received his master of divinity at International School of Theology, his master of theology in New Testament studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, and his doctor of philosophy in New Testament studies at the University of Oxford. Books: Community-Identity Construction in Galatians (London: T&T Clark, 2005) and others.

Zi Wang

Zi Wang, born in Beijing, China, graduated and received a Ph.D. from the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Peking University. She is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of World Religions in the Chinese Academy of the Social Sciences. Her major research covers biblical studies and the sociology of religion.

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