Traces of the Trinity: Signs, Sacraments and Sharing God’s Life

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Traces of the Trinity is a masterful exploration of Christian theology through the lens of semiotics - the study of signs. Andrew Robinson provides helpful analogies and clear explanations throughout to lead even the non-specialist through the subject with ease.     Although the variety of signs is endless, all signs and sign-interpretations have the same basic structure: sign, object and interpretation. Further, Robinson shows how this triad rests upon the existence of three 'elemental grounds': Quality, Otherness and Mediation. He proceeds to develop a highly original 'semiotic model' of the Trinity, illuminating and integrating key areas of Christian thought: creation, incarnation and atonement; the roles of baptism and the Eucharist; the nature of the church and the basis of participation in the divine life.    Robinson makes belief in the Trinity relevant to ordinary, everyday experience, and challenges the church to recognize the implications for its calling to be transformative, truthful and inclusive. 

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Dr Andrew Robinson is Honorary University Fellow in Theology at the University of Exeter. He is the author of 'God and the World of Signs: Trinity, Evolution and the Metaphysical Semiotics of C.S. Peirce.' and editor of 'Darwinism and Natural Theology: Evolving Perspectives.' In 2011 he was elected to membership of the International Society for Science and Religion in recognition of his work on the application of semiotics to Christian theology. In parallel with his theological work he continues to practice medicine in Newton Abbot, Devon.

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"Once in a decade, at most, one encounters a fundamentally new and exciting way of conceiving the Trinity. Traces of the Trinity is such a work. Even rarer are trinitarian theologies that arise out of cutting edge science (in this case, biosemiotics). Scientists, philosophers, and theologians will recognize the immensely rich interweaving of ideas that Robinson accomplishes here. But you won't need a PhD to feel the spiritual tug of this vision ... of vestigial marks written into the very structure of Creation."
--Philip Clayton, Author of 'Adventures in the Spirit'

"In this highly accessible book, Robinson opens up the depth and relevance of biblical texts and traditional Christian dogmas. He shows how religion is deeply embedded in the very structure of human existence in all its ordinariness: how God is involved with our reality and we are involved with God's. Robinson writes with admirable clarity ... I could not put the book down."
--Jan-Olav Henriksen, Norwegian School of Theology, Oslo

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