The Living and True God: The Mystery of the Trinity

The Living and True God: The Mystery of the Trinity

ISBN: 9781934996065

CATEGORY: Theology


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This is a New Revised Edition in which the Author affirms that the Trinity – one God in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -- is the central mystery of the Christian faith that enlightens all other mysteries of the faith. An understanding of the Trinity is essential for the protection and defense of the divine/human person of Jesus Christ and his saving work.

This book documents the historical development of the doctrine of the Trinity and its significance for the Christian faith.  In a broad and systematic way, Ladaria traces the debates within the early Christian church as the concept of the Trinity developed. He also reflects on the great masters of church tradition concerning their understanding of the Trinity and is in dialogue with various contemporary theologians on this subject. This book has been written especially for theological students and professors as an aid in grasping the Trinitarian formulation both historically and theologically and to assist in deepening their faith and reflection in the mystery of God.

"I have not seen in recent literature so complete a treatment of the doctrine of God. This text is a key reference for theological professors and doctoral students. It is comprehensive in its depth, historical in its breadth, and contemporary in its vision".

— Carla Mae Streeter, OP Aquinas Institute of Theology



Luis F. Ladaria SJ, a Spanish Jesuit theologian who is currently the Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has been a professor of theology at the Papal Gregorian University of Rome since 1984. He was also a professor at the Comillas University in Madrid, and from 1992 to 1997 he was a member of the International Theological Commission. Since 2004 he has been the general secretary of that commission. Among his most recognized publications in Spanish are: “Antropología teológica” (“Theological Anthropology”, 1983, 1987,1995, 2007); two studies in Spanish on the thinking of San Hilario de Poitiers, one on the Trinity (1986) and one on Christology (1989); a dictionary on San Hilario de Poitiers (2006); “El Dios vivo y verdadero” (“The Living and True God”, 1998, 2005); and the present work, “Jesucristo, salvación de todos” (“Jesus Christ, Salvation of All”, 2007).

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