The Trinity

Clergy usually dread Trinity Sunday – it is said that it is the day on which most heresy is preached – most of it accidentally.  So why am I voluntarily writing about it?

In my exploration of doctrine I feel that I need to start with God, and the choice seems to me to start with God, or with the Trinity.  Starting with the Trinity perhaps says something about my own theology, but I haven’t worked out what it might be yet.

Stated simply the Trinity is the belief that:

There is One God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

as soon as I try to say more than that there is a danger that I will fall into heresy!

You may recall in an earlier post I wrote that:

in my theology lectures and essays I learnt that the “answer” to the Trinity, how Jesus was fully human and fully divine, the problem of suffering and so much else was “I don’t know”.

If you want to know more about the Trinity you can read the Athanasian Creed (official belief in the Trinity), Wikipedia (quite complicated), the BBC (simpler, but still good), or Lutheran Satire (fun, though it may help to have read one of the others first to fully get it).

Alternatively you can accept that you haven’t got a clue how it works, but that it has been a tenet of Christian Faith for a good few hundred years!

Alan

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