In this lively book, we find an introduction to christianity and the christian life that is from start to finish rooted in our triune god―father, son and spirit not only do we understand the person and work of christ through the trinity, but also prayer, the church and every aspect of our faith. When referring to the trinity, most christians are likely to say father, son and the holy spirit but leaders of the presbyterian church (usa) are suggesting some additional designations: compassionate mother, beloved child and life-giving womb, or perhaps overflowing font, living water. God's three-in-oneness: the trinity implications of the doctrine of creation 385 god's continuing work: the three-volume readings in christian theology which i previously edited, but it can also be used independently of those sources as a. Believed in god of that number, 83% believed that god was a trinity yet for all this belief in the trinity, it is a doctrine that is not clearly understood by most christian laymen in fact, most have neither the desire nor the incentive to understand what their churches teach few laymen are aware of any problems with the doctrine of the trinity. John's suggestion is that because there are three different aspects, or in his words domains, when it comes to describing god the essential trinity, the mission of the son and jesus' humiliation, it'd be wise to restrict what we say about god to the appropriate domain.
As r kendall soulen puts it, yhwh is the triune god 7 any theology that requires the violation of this identification of father, son, and spirit with the god of abraham, isaac, and jacob cannot be considered a christian doctrine. The roman emperor constantine the great, while himself not really a christian, convened and played a major role in the council of nicaea, which laid the groundwork for acceptance of the trinity doctrine. A basic outline of christian theology & doctrine by he is a monotheistic trinity of father, son and holy spirit, each having distinct personhood, yet together and individually the one god and is morally responsible for both aspects god created both the male and female gender with.
To be christian is to be trinitarian the doctrine impacts and directs all aspects of the christian life, from our justification to our sanctification, worship, and even our spiritual disciplines but if the doctrine of the trinity is so critical to our faith, then why do we think about it so little. Scholars of the christian mission to asia have long acknowledged this natural convergence of korean and abrahamic monotheism jews and muslims have always held that the christian trinity compromises this claim to monotheism in unification theology, it is a divine dipole of mother and father, not a triad, which vitiates the unity of god. A difficult but fundamental concept within christianity, the trinity is the belief that god is three separate persons but is still a single god other ways of referring to the trinity are the.
The father is god, the son is god, and the holy spirit is god—but there is only one god that is the biblical doctrine of the trinity beyond that, the issues are, to a certain extent, debatable and non-essential. Introduction the doctrine of the trinity (lat trinitas tri-unity or standing of what the trinity is as we listen to god's word, certain elements of the trinity will become clear, 16 millard j erickson, christian theology (baker, 1983), 1:329 3. God the son is the second person of the trinity in christian theology the doctrine of the trinity identifies jesus of nazareth as god the son, united in essence but distinct in person with regard to god the father and god the holy spirit (the first and third persons of the trinity.
One of the most unusual new doctrines introduced by christianity was the trinity: the idea that god, although he is one, also simultaneously exists in three persons - the father, the son and the. Perhaps, however, the indebtedness of christian theological theory to ancient egyptian dogma is nowhere more striking than in the doctrine of the trinity the very terms used of it by christian theologians meet us again in the inscriptions and papyri of egypt. The catholic encyclopedia describes the doctrine of the trinity as the central doctrine of the christian religion yet it goes on to acknowledge that in scripture there is as yet no single term by which the three divine persons are denoted together the person of the son is.
Below are links to gci articles on the nature of god, including ones on the doctrine of the trinity and related topics for a 424-page pdf that compiles our articles about god and theology, click here. The trinity is considered to be a mystery of christian faith according to this doctrine, there is only one god in three persons each person is god, whole and entire. 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. Whenever we quote john 3:16, for god so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, we are referring to the trinity, for such a passage assumes the existence, deity, and power of the father and the existence, separate personhood, and ministry of the son.
God the holy trinity brings together leading scholars from diverse theological perspectives to reflect on various theological and practical aspects of the core christian doctrine of the trinity. The fourth biblical reason that i believe in the trinity is because the holy spirit is referred to in personal terms in the bible, indicating that he, too, is a distinct person, different from either the father and the son. What god does (father creates, son redeems, holy spirit sacrif combined the immanent and western trinity - you need to see wh humans can only know the trinity from their own experience and.