Jeffrey E. Brower and Michael C. Rea In no other subject is error more dangerous, inquiry more difficult, or the discovery of truth more rewarding. AUGUSTINE, de trinitate The doctrine of the Trinity poses a deep and difficult problem. On the one hand, it says that there are three distinct persons-- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--and that each of these persons "is God." On the other hand, it says that there is one and only one God. So it appears to involve a contradiction. It seems to say that there is exactly one divine being and also that there is more than one. How are we to make sense of this? This is a difficult question, but one that Christians ought to take seriously. The difficulty is not just that the doctrine of the Trinity is mysterious. Rather, it is that the doctrine appears to be logically inconsistent--the sort of thing that could not possibly be true. And yet we must believe it if the rest of our faith is to make sense. For example, the Bible forbids us to worship any being other than God (see, for example, Exod. 20:3-5; Isa. 42:8). So Jesus is worthy of
Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture – Logos: Journal of Catholic Thought & Culture
Published: Jan 31, 2005
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