Stephen R. Holmes is the author of the book The Quest for the Trinity, in which he argues that recent explications of the trinitarian doctrine depart in significant, and unfortunate, ways from the classical doctrine of the Church. As one who cut his theological eye-teeth on the very theologians Holmes critiques, I have found his argument challenging, though perhaps less challenging than I would have ten years ago. Here is the first part of Dale Tuggy’s interview with Holmes:
I’m still not sure what to do with the “social” doctrine of the Trinity. I am now persuaded that we must not think of the Father, Son, and Spirit as three independent centers of consciousness; but I’m unwilling, at this point, to give up all talk of the Trinity being a communion of love.