Thursday, August 9, 2007

The Trinity

For nearly two millennia the church has been struggling to explain the relationship of Father, Son, and Spirit. We’ve tried all kinds of figures and philosophical categories, from a three-leaf clover to the Athanasian Creed. If the church is really honest with ourselves we have to admit two things about our doctrine of the Trinity: 1) for all our centuries of effort, we’ve done a thoroughly inadequate job of explaining it, and 2) the doctrine we have is about as good as we’ll ever have this side of the Resurrection.

(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley


GotToBTru said...

There is an interesting post related to this topic on Del Tackett's blog. He is contrasting the "monolithic monotheism" of islam to the "plural monotheism" of Christianity. The God of the Bible is inherently a relating sort of Person, as opposed to being aloof.

Kim said...

We had a group of 14 year olds try to come up with some "analogies" of the Trinty. Some of them were interesting, to say the least. However, we all concluded that there is no perfect analogy for something like this.

Milton Stanley said...

I agree, Kim. And it's good to hear from you again. Hope things are well for you and your family these days.

Milton Stanley said...

Thanks for the link, Howard. "Plural monotheism" is a term I'd not heard, but I look forward to reading about it.