The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three: Discovering the Radical Truth at the Heart of Christianity by Cynthia Bourgeault (2013)
Just as she’s done in her previous books, Cynthia Bourgeault asks us to take a look at an idea from traditional Christianity—this time the formula of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—as though we’re looking at it for the first time. And as usual, she reveals it to be something we hadn’t expected at all. She finds in the idea of the Holy Trinity a striking vision of the nature of reality. What she claims, in a nutshell, is that embedded within this theological formula that Christians recite mostly on autopilot lies a powerful metaphysical principle that could change our understanding of Christianity and give us the tools so long and so sorely needed to reunite our shattered cosmology, rekindle our visionary imagination, and cooperate consciously with the manifestation of Jesus’ “Kingdom of Heaven” here on earth. She looks to the history of Christian theology, to her own years of contemplative practice, and to the ideas of G. I. Gurdjieff. Her tone is, as ever, as accessible as it is compelling, and it’s a wild ride. “I will do my best to make the ride as smooth as possible,” she says, “but in the end, my commitment is to getting there, because I know beyond all personal doubt that there is indeed a ham radio concealed inside this Trinitarian tea cupboard. And in the midst of this long winter of our Christian discontent, when spiritual imagination and boldness are at an all-time low and the church itself hovers at the edge of demise for lack of an animating vision, perhaps now more than ever the time is ripe to remove the packing boards from this tea cupboard and release its contents.”
“Cynthia Bourgeault’s “The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three” is a great gift. She offers us a metaphysical road map that sets Christianity back on course with its own deepest heart, allowing it to come of age for the 21st century. By undergirding traditional doctrines with a dynamic metaphysical framework, she frees Christianity from some of its own historic “stuck points” and sets it up as a living–and much needed–spiritual force for the world today. All this she does with a clarity, simplicity, and depth of writing that make this book an absolute delight to read … Cynthia’s Trinitarian vision is hope-filled and stunning.” ~ Matthew Wright, Episcopal priest, writer and retreat leader
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