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The Trinity, Language, and Human Behavior

A Reformed Exposition of the Language Theory of Kenneth L. Pike

Direct Price: $39.99 $33.00
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781629954080
Publication Date 06/29/18

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Hibbs explores the Trinitarian structure of Kenneth Pike’s language theory from a Reformed perspective and illustrates how language theory and theology are closely related—how various facets of language are analogically linked to relations between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


“In this brilliant and lucid account, Pierce Hibbs invites us to rediscover . . . the ultimate source of all language in the divine Trinity. Fresh, compelling, it is required reading for anyone wishing to navigate the challenging field of linguistics and make Christian sense of it.”

—William Edgar, Professor of Apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary

“Pike’s system emphasizes threefold distinctions: particle, wave, field; contrast, variation, distribution. . . . Hibbs . . . sets it forth in a rigorous, technical, but very clear way. I have profited much from his formulations. This book will sharpen and encourage our thinking about the Trinity, the Word of God, and the centrality of language in a Christian understanding of the world.”

—John M. Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy Emeritus, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

“In brief, Hibbs argues that Pike paints a picture of language that analogically reflects the triune God, who upholds all things by the word of his power. The writing is crisp and clean, the content is full, and the case is made. Read, reflect, and rejoice!”

—Carlton Wynne, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary


The Author

Pierce Taylor Hibbs

Pierce Taylor Hibbs

Pierce Taylor Hibbs (MAR, ThM, Westminster Theological Seminary) is associate director for theological curriculum and instruction in the Theological English Department at Westminster Theological Seminary.