Trinity Book

Dr. Gloria L. Schaab, SSJ, associate professor of theology, director of Graduate Programs in Theology and Ministry, and associate dean for General Education in the College of Arts and Sciences has published her new book Trinity in Relation: Creation, Incarnation, and Grace in an Evolving Cosmos (Winona, WI : Anselm Academic Press, a division of St. Mary’s Press, 2012).

Intentionally geared toward the student of theology and toward the general public seeking an original and comprehensive approach to Trinitarian theology in dialogue with evolutionary science and quantum physics, Trinity in Relation offers an exploration of the ramifications of this dialogue for three key doctrines. Drawing upon the biblical, historical, and contemporary theological traditions of Christianity and the insights of the natural, physical, and behavioral sciences, Trinity in Relation sets forth a theology of the Triune God as a God of and in relation, who is intimately, unceasingly, and dynamically engaged in the full flourishing of the cosmos and its creatures. It grounds this theological perspective in an understanding that being itself is constituted by relation and focuses on three relations essential to all being: the relations of origin, effect, and emergence.

After examining these three constitutive relations within cosmic, human, and divine being, Trinity in Relation investigates the relation among cosmic, human, and divine being in terms of three Christian doctrines – creation, incarnation, and grace. Beginning with an overview of the Christian tradition of these doctrines, Trinity in Relation then analyzes each in relation to one of the Persons of the Trinity from the perspective of contemporary science. In so doing, Trinity in Relation reinterprets these relations not solely as discrete or unique events, but also as enduring and essential relations between the Persons of the Trinity and the world, with critical ramifications for each.

Trinity in Relation: Creation, Incarnation, and Grace in an Evolving Cosmos is available here.This is Schaab’s second book rooted in the dialogue between theology and science. Her first, The Creative Suffering of the Triune God: An Evolutionary Theology (Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2007), dealt with the question of how to speak rightly of God in the midst of a suffering cosmos. It is available through Amazon and other internet outlets.