A few weeks ago, at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, I listened to Fred Sanders give an excellent presentation on the Trinity. Sanders has published numerous books on the doctrine of the Trinity. His most recent work is The Triune God (New Studies in Dogmatics series). Of his 2010 work, The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything, Gerald Bray says, “At last, a practical guide to the most fundamental doctrine of them all … Highly commended!” And Kevin Vanhoozer writes, “Sanders has a gift for making the deep things of theology—in this case, the doctrine of the Trinity—clear and compelling rather than shallow and simplistic. This is as good an introduction to the essentially Trinitarian shape of evangelical faith and practice of which I’m aware …”
A few days ago, Sanders wrote a review of Richard Rohr’s new book, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation. The full review can be read here. And it should be read. Rohr’s work is pernicious. Here are some of Sanders’ closing words:
[M]y long—forgive me—review has one main point: it’s that The Divine Dance isn’t about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It’s a book about an alternative spirituality of Flow, committed to a metaphysic that refuses to recognize a distinction between God and the world. It’s one long looting of the language of Trinitarian theology, with an avowed goal of using that language to teach an entirely novel doctrine. I would oppose the doctrine of Divine Flow in any context where it came to my attention. But for this doctrine to be marketed as the Christian doctrine of the Trinity is insupportable. This sustained misrepresentation is what makes this book a piece of false teaching in the church … If you can’t trust a teacher with the Christian doctrine of God, you can’t trust him, period. If you have friends or family using Rohr in their spiritual lives, warn them off of his material. The book has six pages of endorsements; mark the endorsers as people lacking in judgment and unqualified to commend spirituality books. This is nothing to play around with.