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The Trinity

A page dedicated to providing resources explaining the Doctrine of the Trinity.

  • Being trinitarian: the shape of saving faith by Douglas F. Ottati --
    "Does the Trinity make any sense? Yes, but not as a kind of celestial mathematics. Trinitarian theology makes sense as a continuation of a biblically initiated exploration into experiences of redemption and into an apprehension of God that is part of saving faith. It describes the Christian community's distinct experience of faithfulness and new life, and it points to the God who is beyond our comprehension."
     
  • The Biblical Basis of the Doctrine of the Trinity by Robert Bowman, Jr. --
    "The following outline study presents an overview of the biblical basis of the doctrine of the Trinity. Comments on the texts have been kept to a bare minimum; the emphasis is on the many biblical texts themselves (about 700 references are listed, including references from 26 of the 27 books of the New Testament)."
     
  • The Biblical Basis of the Doctrine of the Trinity Christian Research Institute --
    "Titus 2:13. Grammatically and contextually, this is one of the strongest proof-texts for the deity of Christ. Sharp's first rule, properly understood, proves that the text should be translated 'our great God and Savior' (cf. same construction in Luke 20:37; Rev. 1:6; and many other passages)."
     
  • The Blessed Trinity from the New Advent Encyclopedia. --
    "The Trinity is the term employed to signify the central doctrine of the Christian religion -- the truth that in the unity of the Godhead there are Three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, these Three Persons being truly distinct one from another. Thus, in the words of the Athanasian Creed: 'the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, and yet there are not three Gods but one God.'"
     
  • Christian Distinctives: The Trinity by Glenn Miller, A Christian Thinktank --
    "In simplest terms, it is that there are three Persons who can accurately be called 'the One God'. The early church would convene 'thinktanks' (e.g. councils, although some of them were apparently more akin to political circuses!) to come up with better notions, and ended up with 'three Persons in one essence', and by this they meant 'three Persons in one Being'. 'Orthodoxy' maintains this definition. I feel a little uncomfortable with the notions of 'being' and 'essence'--relative to 'person'--so I prefer the notion of 'unit'. So I get 'three Persons in one ultimate unit'."
     
  • The Concept of Trinity and Its Implication for Christian Communication in Indian Context by Rev. Joseph Oomen, Mar Thoma Church --
    "Belief in God as Three-in-One is as old as Christianity itself. The word Trinity doesn’t appear as a theological term till near the end of the second century. It was first used as ‘Trias’ by Theophilus, the Bishop of Antioch in AD. 180 and later by Tertullian as Trinitas to signify that God exists in three persons. * * * Trinity is a mystery as well as a doctrine, which is beyond our intuitive recognition and faculty. One God in Three persons, that is the mystery of the Holy Trinity."
     
  • Deity of Christ: Case Closed by Gregory Koukl, President of Stand to Reason --
    "Understanding the Trinity may be impossible, but proving the Trinity is not especially difficult. You don't need to master theology and philosophy. All you need is one irrefutable argument. Here it is."
     
  • Does the Trinity Make Sense by Gregory Koukl, President of Stand to Reason --
    "Some people say the Trinity–the idea that there is one God Who subsists in three fully distinct but fully divine persons–doesn't make sense. This depends entirely on what one means by the concept of making 'sense.'"
     
  • Doxa Trinity Pages by Metacrock, Founder of the Christian CADRE --
    Includes pages on an Overview of the Trinity Doctrine, Johonnie Theology and The Triune God, Pauline Theology and The Triune God, The Triune God in Hebrew Thought?, Memra and Trinity, Targimum and Trinity, and The Holy Spirit.
     
  • The Interaction of Philosophy and Theology in the Development of the Trinity and Christology at Nicaea and Chalcedon by By Melinda L. Penner --
    "F.F. Bruce expresses the importance of accurate language in the creeds: 'Inasmuch as the deity of Christ and the doctrine of the Trinity are embedded in the New Testament, although not explicitly formulated there, we must make the effort of wrestling with difficult terminology if we are not to fall an easy prey to misunderstanding or to actual heresy.' Doctrinal development requires rigorous intellectual skills and sound philosophic categories to accurately apply God’s revelation."
     
  • Jehovah's Witnesses and the Trinity by Patrick Zukeran, research associate, and a national and international speaker for Probe Ministries --
    "The doctrine of the Trinity is the belief that there is one God who has revealed Himself in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three persons make up the one true God. These three persons are of the same substance, equal in power and glory. It is important we understand this doctrine because the wrong Jesus or the wrong God cannot save us from eternal death."
     
  • Nicene Christology and an Introduction to the Trinitarian Theology of the Ante-Nicene Fathers Tektonics Ministries --
    "To me it is extremely obvious that those who write against the Trinity haven't any decent understanding of what the Trinity really is, and this is especially clear in the area of Christology."
     
  • Popular Representations of the Trinity in England, 990-1300 by Ursula Rowlatt--
    "Attempts had been made since the earliest days of the Church to present religious ideas to the illiterate by means of art. [1] In that the doctrine of the Trinity is intrinsically hard to illustrate, the simplest way of referring to it was by certain diagrams involving three components; such were the trefoil, an equilateral triangle, an eye within a triangle, a circle within a triangle or a triangle within a circle, a triquetra (a continuous interweaving of three arcs), a triskelion (a three-sided, swirling figure within a circle), and three interwoven circles (Child and Colles 1971, 44; Post 1975, 16; Sill 1976, 207)."
     
  • The trinity: a model for belonging in contemporary society by Thomas J. Scirghi --
    "My contention is that the Trinity provides a model for belonging to a community, specifically the communities of the church as well as for society as a whole. Note that I use the term "belonging" in order to emphasize the activity of relating to others. Belonging to one another, whether within a family, church or corporation, implies a relationship or the activity of relating; and rather than thinking of a person as merely a member of a community, I wish to focus upon the activity of relating within the community."
     
  • The Trinity (Triunity) of God by J. Hampton Keathley, III , Th.M.--
    "The point, then, is simply this: While the term Trinity is never specifically used nor the doctrine explicitly explained in Scripture, it is nevertheless implicitly stated. The church councils, in their fight against heresy, were forced to think through what the Bible says about how God exists. The result was the doctrine of the Triunity, but let it be emphasized, the development of this doctrine was based on a careful study of Scripture."
     
  • The Trinity Solves the Problem by Gregory Koukl, President of Stand to Reason --
    "Why is it that you can't accept the truthfulness of something if you can't image it in your mind? Tell me what love looks like. Tell me what God looks like. You can't image God in your mind. In fact, you are prohibited from trying to do so. The First Commandment, by the way. You can't image God. You can't image love. You can't image justice. But we have good reason to believe they are real things and we know that. So it is not a liability because we can't image the Trinity in our mind. What we need to find out is if it is taught."
     
  • The Trinity Visualized by Eric Landstrom --
    "This "shield of the Holy Trinity" teaches that the Father (P=Pater) is not (non est) the Son (F=Filius), the Son is not the Holy Spirit (SS=Spiritus Sanctus), and the Holy Spirit is not the Father. The Father is distinguishable from the Son, the Son is distinguishable from the Holy Spirit; and the Holy Spirit is distinguishable from the Father. However the Father is God (est Deus), nothing less, and the Son is God, nothing less, and the Holy Spirit is God, and God is essentially one."
 

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