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Synopsis: Teaching on the sanctification of Christians using the difficult word perfection has been part of Christian spirituality through the centuries. The Fathers spoke of it and Augustine particularly contributed his penetrating analysis of human motivation in terms of love. Medieval theologians such as Bernard and Thomas Aquinas developed the tradition and wrote of le Synopsis: Teaching on the sanctification of Christians using the difficult word perfection has been part of Christian spirituality through the centuries. The Fathers spoke of it and Augustine particularly contributed his penetrating analysis of human motivation in terms of love. Medieval theologians such as Bernard and Thomas Aquinas developed the tradition and wrote of levels or "degrees" of "perfection" in love. However, the doctrine has not fared so well among Protestants. John Wesley was the one major Protestant leader who tried to blend this ancient tradition of Christian "perfection" with the Reformation proclamation of justification by grace through faith. This book seeks to develop Wesley's synthesis of patristic and Reformation theology in order to consider how Christian "perfection" can be expressed in a more nuanced way in today's culture. Noble examines what basis may be found for Wesley's understanding of sanctification in the central doctrines of the church, particularly the atonement, the doctrine of Christ, and the most comprehensive of all Christian doctrines, the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. What he sets out is a fully trinitarian theology of holiness. Endorsements: "Holy Trinity: Holy People is a wise and winsome trinitarian account of Christian perfection. Noble conceives of holiness not in individualist terms of isolation from the world, but as a communion of love, [as] participation in God's trinitarian love, which is essentially redemptive in character rather than judgmental. Anyone interested in what a trinitarian account of holiness could be need look no further than Noble's profound and compelling work." --Elmer M. Colyer, Professor of Systematic Theology and Professor of Wesley Studies, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary "Carefully contextualizing the vital doctrine of Christian perfection in terms of Scripture and church tradition, both Eastern and Western, Noble offers the reader a remarkably balanced assessment of John Wesley's articulation of entire sanctification that is sophisticated, informed by a number of theological streams, and wonderfully trinitarian. Due to its many fresh insights, this engaging book will, no doubt, foster a lively conversation and considerable reflection among all who love holiness." --Kenneth J. Collins, Professor of Wesley Studies and Historical Theology, Asbury Theological Seminary "This book is a landmark in treatments of Wesley's doctrine of Christian perfection. Be assured: this is no parochial performance. Noble's work does not just revisit the Wesleys of old; he integrates his critical assessment of their insights into a penetrating vision of the Triune God. Marked by a singular beauty of expression and structure, this work will become a benchmark in the field of Wesleyan and Methodist theology." --William J. Abraham, Professor of Wesley Studies, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University Author Biography: T. A. Noble is Professor of Theology at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, and also Senior Research Fellow in Theology at Nazarene Theological College, Manchester, UK. He was recently president of the Wesleyan Theological Society.


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Synopsis: Teaching on the sanctification of Christians using the difficult word perfection has been part of Christian spirituality through the centuries. The Fathers spoke of it and Augustine particularly contributed his penetrating analysis of human motivation in terms of love. Medieval theologians such as Bernard and Thomas Aquinas developed the tradition and wrote of le Synopsis: Teaching on the sanctification of Christians using the difficult word perfection has been part of Christian spirituality through the centuries. The Fathers spoke of it and Augustine particularly contributed his penetrating analysis of human motivation in terms of love. Medieval theologians such as Bernard and Thomas Aquinas developed the tradition and wrote of levels or "degrees" of "perfection" in love. However, the doctrine has not fared so well among Protestants. John Wesley was the one major Protestant leader who tried to blend this ancient tradition of Christian "perfection" with the Reformation proclamation of justification by grace through faith. This book seeks to develop Wesley's synthesis of patristic and Reformation theology in order to consider how Christian "perfection" can be expressed in a more nuanced way in today's culture. Noble examines what basis may be found for Wesley's understanding of sanctification in the central doctrines of the church, particularly the atonement, the doctrine of Christ, and the most comprehensive of all Christian doctrines, the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. What he sets out is a fully trinitarian theology of holiness. Endorsements: "Holy Trinity: Holy People is a wise and winsome trinitarian account of Christian perfection. Noble conceives of holiness not in individualist terms of isolation from the world, but as a communion of love, [as] participation in God's trinitarian love, which is essentially redemptive in character rather than judgmental. Anyone interested in what a trinitarian account of holiness could be need look no further than Noble's profound and compelling work." --Elmer M. Colyer, Professor of Systematic Theology and Professor of Wesley Studies, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary "Carefully contextualizing the vital doctrine of Christian perfection in terms of Scripture and church tradition, both Eastern and Western, Noble offers the reader a remarkably balanced assessment of John Wesley's articulation of entire sanctification that is sophisticated, informed by a number of theological streams, and wonderfully trinitarian. Due to its many fresh insights, this engaging book will, no doubt, foster a lively conversation and considerable reflection among all who love holiness." --Kenneth J. Collins, Professor of Wesley Studies and Historical Theology, Asbury Theological Seminary "This book is a landmark in treatments of Wesley's doctrine of Christian perfection. Be assured: this is no parochial performance. Noble's work does not just revisit the Wesleys of old; he integrates his critical assessment of their insights into a penetrating vision of the Triune God. Marked by a singular beauty of expression and structure, this work will become a benchmark in the field of Wesleyan and Methodist theology." --William J. Abraham, Professor of Wesley Studies, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University Author Biography: T. A. Noble is Professor of Theology at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, and also Senior Research Fellow in Theology at Nazarene Theological College, Manchester, UK. He was recently president of the Wesleyan Theological Society.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Collins

    Noble's book is an excellent work on holiness and has helped me come to a much richer (and less shallow) understanding of what it means to be both holy and sanctified. The book is not an easy read, however, and would likely be challenging for the casual lay-reader. Noble is very articulate and discusses his content with depth and rigor. My favorite part of "Holy Trinity: Holy People" is the continual discussion throughout the book of the insights of church leaders and theologians, both historica Noble's book is an excellent work on holiness and has helped me come to a much richer (and less shallow) understanding of what it means to be both holy and sanctified. The book is not an easy read, however, and would likely be challenging for the casual lay-reader. Noble is very articulate and discusses his content with depth and rigor. My favorite part of "Holy Trinity: Holy People" is the continual discussion throughout the book of the insights of church leaders and theologians, both historical and contemporary. It is clear that he has read widely and gives consideration (and merit where deserved) to them, pointing out both their greatest flaws and their greatest successes in what they wrote and taught.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Coutz

    Really interesting survey of the development of theology of holiness and the Trinity developed and intersect.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fernando Almeida

    The author provides a thorough review of this cardinal doctrine for our understanding of the Christian life. Noble provides a strong articulation of this doctrine within the framework of the doctrine of Holy Trinity, and does it masterfully taking into consideration Biblical and Historical perspectives.

  4. 5 out of 5

    James Paton

    Outstanding. Reminded my of great days in class. Tom has been my teacher, conversation partner, and friend. An enriching read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Milton Louie

    T. A. Noble brings us back to the beginning of our early Christian fathers to show us the relationship of the Trinity to holy living. And a "new" look on Wesley's "perfection". (Link+) B+ T. A. Noble brings us back to the beginning of our early Christian fathers to show us the relationship of the Trinity to holy living. And a "new" look on Wesley's "perfection". (Link+) B+

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