This book was not what I was expecting. No, it was quite different from what I was expecting it to be about. When I read the title, I assumed it would be a Christian perspective on sociological studies. Well, sociology is a rather broad subject, so my expectations were that this would be Polythress’ attempt to provide a summary of how the sociological world could be redeemed (assuming it has need of redemption, of course).
I was mistaken.
This book is really about one important facet of sociology – relationships. And as it is written from the perspective of a Christian theologian, the perspective advanced is thoroughly Trinitarian. Polythress writes,
“The New Testament indicates that the persons of the Trinity speaknto one another and enjoy profound personal relations with one another. These relationships within God show us the ultimate foundation for thinking about human personal relationships. God establishes personal relationship with us, but, in addition, the persons of the Trinity have personal relationships to one another. Personal relationships exist not solely among human beings, but also in divine-human relationships, and even in divine-divine relationships. Approaches that conceive of personal and social relationships only with reference to human beings are accordingly one-sided, reductionistic.
Throughout the course of Redeeming Sociology, Polythress sets out to ground our en