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Biblical Defense of the Trinity
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Father, Son, & Holy Spirit: Relationships, Roles, and Relevance by Bruce Ware

    Written by the Associate Dean and Professor of Christian Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.  This is a helpful book that explores the Trinity and our worship of the Triune God.  Ware examines several topics on the Trinity, ranging from a historical survey to modern day discussions within the church.  A fuller description can be gleaned from the Amazon link above.  158 pages, 2005.   

 

The Trinity: Evidence and Issues by Robert Morey

This book is a full-fledged exposition of the Trinity. Morey covers everything from epistemology, Old Testament evidence, New Testament evidence, intertestamental documents, church history, and detailed refutations of both the Arian and Modalist heresies. It is a serious work and takes serious work to understand some of the evidence and argumentation. But it is well worth it. Morey's identification of logical fallacies in the apologetics of heretical views is devastating to their positions. 587 pages, 1996.

The Forgotten Trinity: Recovering the Heart of Christian Belief by James R. White

This recent popular level treatment addresses the doctrine of the Trinity as the object of Christian worship and delight. It is a refreshing look at the Trinity that mingles heart-felt devotion with intellectual effort. White has included adequate footnotes to refute several popular anti-trinitarian arguments used by Greg Stafford and the Jehovah's Witnesses. White repeatedly raises a superb point regarding the Watchtower's doctrine that Jesus was/is Michael the archangel. He points out that the descriptions of Jesus found throughout the Old and New Testaments are inappropriate ascriptions of a mere creature, no matter how exalted. Good refutation of Mormonism and Oneness errors are also provided. You can read this book in a fairly short time and can spend significant time soaking in the footnotes after your initial reading. 224 pages, 1998.

Jesus: Divine Messiah - The New and Old Testament Witness by Robert Reymond

This book is a seminary level examination of the Biblical evidence for the Deity of Christ. He analyzes several of the present "critical" denials of the Godhood of Jesus. Some knowledge of the biblical languages is necessary to absorb the full impact of Reymond's study, but it can be read profitably by any patient layman. 

Jesus as God: The New Testament Use of Theos in Reference to Jesus by Murray Harris

This is another seminary level study focused on one specific Greek word, Theos. Harris has produced a massive study, examining in painstaking detail the syntax surrounding the New Testament application of "God" to Jesus. Knowledge of Greek would be handy here too. 379 pages, 1992 (paperback edition 1998).

Why You Should Believe in the Trinity: An Answer to Jehovah's Witnesses by Rob Bowman, Jr.

Bowman tackles a popular pamphlet used by the Jehovah's Witnesses. He documents their sloppy use of sources and rebuts their arguments against the Trinity. It is written primarily at a popular level and gives a good overview in a relatively quick read. 157 pages, 1989.

Jehovah's Witnesses, Jesus Christ, and the Gospel of John by Rob Bowman, Jr.

This is a more detailed, focused, and scholarly work than Bowman's Why You Should Believe in the Trinity. In it, he deals closely with the text of John and interacts with the Watchtower's best arguments as of 1989. You will learn a good deal from reading this book slowly and carefully. Some knowledge of Greek will help you follow the points discussed. 171 pages, 1989.

 

Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Jehovah's Witnesses by Ron Rhodes

This is the best refutation of the Jehovah's Witnesses between two covers. I turn to it repeatedly to answer questions about Jehovah's Witnesses. Rhodes does a good job taking a fairly wide view of the Watchtower religion and not focusing on only one or two problem areas. The chapters cover such topics as: the divine name, the Deity of Christ, Michael the archangel, the Trinity, the 144,000, salvation, soul-sleep, prophecy, and more. Rhodes includes observations about the original Biblical language and contrasts its meaning with the spin put on it by the Watchtower. He also includes suggested questions which you can use to confront Jehovah's Witnesses. Once again, this is the single best resource on refuting the Jehovah's Witnesses in one book. There are other important works which deal with specific Watchtower doctrines but this is the best broad treatment of them that I have found. 437 pages, 1993.

Knowing Christ in the Challenge of Heresy by Steven Tsoukalas

Knowing Christ is a recent contribution (1999) to Christological studies that focuses on contrasting Biblical Christology with the Christology presented by various cults. It can be a hard book to find. I recommend that you buy it through the author's ministry, which can be found online at: Sound Doctrine Ministries. The author describes his book as an extension of both Robert Reymond's book Jesus, Divine Messiah and Harold O. J. Brown's book Heresies.

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