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Three Faces of God
Traces of the Trinity in Literature and Life

by David L. Miller

ISBN: 978-1-882670-94-9
197 pp.

"How is it possible to understand a oneness that is three? or a threeness that is, at bottom, one? Even more problematic, how might a person believe in a God that insists on being imagined monotheistically (as one), but who persists in manifesting himself in history polytheistically (as three)?

"In spite of the difficulties, even logical impossibilities, of these questions, the Trinity is alive and well, although not in places that one might have expected. The notion flourishes in a mythology recovered from an ancient pagan past and in a secular literature of our own most recent times. Yet, in both popular piety and in academic theology, where one might have thought to find trinitarian talk, it flags and is sometimes neglected altogether. ... So, it is ironic to discover that an antidote to religion's forgetfulness comes from the sides of pagan antiquity and latter-day secular literature. These resources, as we shall see throughout the pages of this book, support a trinitarian view of the world and its life."

From the "Introduction"

David L. Miller, Ph.D., is Watson-Ledden Professor of Religion Emeritus at Syracuse University and is a retired Core Faculty Member at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. He is an honorary member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and the International Association of Analytical Psychology. Since 1963, Dr. Miller has worked at the intersections of religions and mythologies, literatures and literary theory, and depth psychology. He is the author of Gods and Games: Toward a Theology of Play; The New Polytheism: Rebirth of the Gods and Goddesses; Three Faces of God: Traces of the Trinity in Literature and Life; and Hells and Holy Ghosts: A Theopoetics of Christian Belief.