The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three: Discovering the Radical Truth at the Heart of Christianity

The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three: Discovering the Radical Truth at the Heart of Christianity

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By (author) Cynthia Bourgeault

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  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 213mm x 20mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 7 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Boston
  • ISBN 10: 1611800528
  • ISBN 13: 9781611800524
  • Illustrations note: figures
  • Sales rank: 51,636

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Just as she's done in her previous books, Cynthia Bourgeault asks us to take a look at an idea from traditional Christianity--this time the formula of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--as though we're looking at it for the first time. And as usual, she reveals it to be something we hadn't expected at all. She finds in the idea of the Holy Trinity a striking vision of the nature of reality. What she claims, in a nutshell, is that embedded within this theological formula that Christians recite mostly on autopilot lies a powerful metaphysical principle that could change our understanding of Christianity and give us the tools so long and so sorely needed to reunite our shattered cosmology, rekindle our visionary imagination, and cooperate consciously with the manifestation of Jesus's "Kingdom of Heaven" here on earth. She looks to the history of Christian theology, to her own years of contemplative practice, and to the ideas of G. I. Gurdjieff. Her tone is, as ever, as accessible as it is compelling, and it's a wild ride. "I will do my best to make the ride as smooth as possible," she says, "but in the end, my commitment is to getting there, because I know beyond all personal doubt that there is indeed a ham radio concealed inside this Trinitarian tea cupboard. And in the midst of this long winter of our Christian discontent, when spiritual imagination and boldness are at an all-time low and the church itself hovers at the edge of demise for lack of an animating vision, perhaps now more than ever the time is ripe to remove the packing boards from this tea cupboard and release its contents."

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Cynthia Bourgeault, PhD, is an Episcopal priest, teacher, and retreat and conference leader. She is the author of several books, including "Chanting the Psalms" and "Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening."

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"A masterful, insightful new look at a core doctrine of traditional Christianity. Cynthia Bourgeault opens the door to a trans-Christian vision."--John Shelby Spong, author of "The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic ""The Christian Doctrine of the Trinity is upheld by some as a border checkpoint to restrict access, while it is disparaged by others as extra baggage to be left behind. Cynthia Bourgeault peers into it with the heart of a mystic and the mind of a philosopher and rediscovers it as a kaleidoscope of inspiration and a key to understanding ... everything. One of the most fascinating, humbling, and awe-inspiring books I've read in years."--Brian D. McLaren, author of "A Generous Orthodoxy"