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Traces of the Trinity: Signs, Sacraments and Sharing God’s Life by Andrew Robinson (BSc 1985, MB ChB 1988)

2 October 2014

In a world that is filled with signs, there is a tendency to take them for granted, forgetting the weight of our dependence on them. Traces of the Trinity is a masterful exploration of Christian theology through the lens of semiotics – the study of signs.

Although the variety of signs is endless, all signs and sign-interpretations have the same underlying structure: sign, object and interpretation. Further, this triad rests upon the existence of three 'elemental grounds': quality, otherness and mediation. According to Robinson's highly original thesis, in the structure of signs we can see vestiges of the powerful, three-fold dynamic of the Trinity in creation. 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 sacraments and the nature of the church. Most importantly, Robinson argues how understanding the processes of representation and interpretation enable us to be drawn into the very nature of God.

Traces of the Trinity makes Trinitarian theology relevant to ordinary, everyday experience, and challenges the church to recognise the implications for its calling to be transformative, truthful, and inclusive. Further, it does so with helpful analogies and clear explanations throughout to lead even the non-specialist through the subject with ease.

Philip Clayton, author of Adventures in the Spirit said: 'Scientists, philosophers, and theologians will recognise 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.'

You can purchase Traces of the Trinity directly from James Clarke and Co Ltd publishing or from other major book stores.

About the Author: Dr Andrew Robinson (BSc 1985, MB ChB 1988) is 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. He continues to practise medicine in Newton Abbot, Devon.