Wednesday, 9 April 2008

What the Trinity is Not

  • The Trinity is not a mathematical conundrum where 1=3. The oneness in trinitarian thought relates to union not singularity.

  • The usual images of the Trinity like the three pronged leaf don't take us to the heart of the doctrine. The Trinity is about the dynamism of love and relationship.

  • The 'three' in the Trinity are not three masks with the same single God behind all three. To use traditional language, God is Father, Son and Spirit simultaneously. (If it were not so God would remain a shadowy figure behind the three.)

  • God is three persons in one being. The being of God is not a fourth 'thing' beside the three persons. Apart from the persons there is no being of God to be examined and theologised about.

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