From the Trinity
The Coming of God in Revelation and Theology
Imprint: Catholic University of America Press
From the Trinity provides an overall view of the history and the philosophical and theological significance of God the Trinity, not only from a religious point of view but from an anthropological and socio-cultural view as well. The perspective is that of Christian doctrine, specifically Catholic, in dialogue with the cultural sensitivity of our times and with the religious pluralism that characterizes it.
Following the generative-progressive method proposed by Vatican II, the book begins with a phenomenological reading of the signs of the times, with special focus upon the performative aspect of the announcement and the doctrine of faith. In particular, constant attention to the contribution made by the mystics and great charisms (from Augustine of Hippo to Francis of Assisi and Theresa of Avila up until Therese of Lisieux, Edith Stein and Chaira Lubich) toward a deeper understanding of the Trinitarian truth.
From the Trinity is unique in what it offers not only for Trinitarian theology, but also for other theological disciplines (Christology, Pneumatology, Anthropology, Ecclesiology, etc.) – in which the Trinity shines forth as the central and enlightening truth – as well as for philosophy, the humanities and the natural sciences. This perspective is especially developed in terms of a Trinitarian ontology (see Part V) by which reality is understood in light of the revelation of the Trinity. The implications of the incarnation of the Son of God and the gift of the Holy Spirit are taken seriously in studying the truth of all things as they are perceived in the space created by living and thinking "in" Jesus, united to the Father in the Spirit, as suggested by the title of the book, looking upon reality "From the Trinity."
"Fr. Coda is simply one of the finest Trinitarian thinkers working today. Providing this book to a larger audience will immeasurably enrich and hopefully elevate the level of Trinitarian thinking in the English-speaking academy."~Angela Franks, St. John's Seminary, Brighton, MA
"In this ambitious work by one of the most significant Trinitarian theologians of our day, Coda seeks to guide the reader in what it means to reflect on the greatest mystery of the Christian faith. He offers a theology rooted in ‘love for the brethren’ – St. John’s criteria for the knowledge of God – such that knowledge, arising from communion, becomes a concrete ‘participation in the Trinity’s life.’ Such an approach, prepared by the great theologians of the past century, cannot but bear abundant fruit in the renewal of theology and ecclesial life today."~Cardinal Marc Ouellet, PSS, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops
"Offers a clear and well-grounded illustration of the Holy Trinity as a model for human society in the twenty-first century...I welcome this work for the value it offers to the ongoing formation for the clergy and laity. From the Trinity is a powerful point of reflection to advance ecumenical discussions and dialogue and for those who wish to renew human relations in the secular sphere."~Bishop Michael Mulvey, Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas
"There is something quietly thrilling in the theological project of Piero Coda, for it moves forward, step by step and so thoughtfully, probing and pondering the encounter with God in the Jesus event, an event rooted in the past, yes, but fresh in faith’s experience still today. This is a vision of Trinity not as an abstract idea but as a key for being immersed in the whole of creation and history as the triune God’s gift of life to us."~Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, OSB, Abbot of Mount Angel Abbey
"One welcomes this fine study by the distinguished Italian theologian, Piero Coda. Father Coda’s work is both rigorous and systematic, contemplative and mystagogic. His is a praying theology that draws not only upon the biblical roots of Christian faith, but upon its ongoing appropriation in the Church’s Tradition and in the lives of the saints."~Robert P. Imbelli, author of Rekindling the Christic Imagination: Theological Meditations for the New Evangelization
"This volume from the internationally renowned theologian, Piero Coda, is a unique gift to the English-speaking world. He articulates the charism of unity given to Chiara Lubich, the founder of the Focolare Movement. He highlights the Trinitarian imprint on the whole of creation. In the process he underlines the network of relations linking everything in reciprocal harmony."~Thomas J. Norris, St. Patrick's College, Maynooth