Doctrine of the Trinity

Doctrine of the Trinity

Doctrine of the Trinity

Doctrine of the Trinity

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I have tried in this book to state as succinctly and clearly as possible the leading doctrines of the Trinity as they have developed in the Church's thought, and to raise some basic questions about their validity. What I have written is in the interests of clarification; and although I feel that none of these doctrines is satisfactory, and all of them involve either confusions of different issues or arbitrary elements, it may well be that my objections can be answered. That I must leave to my critics. I do hope, however, I have sufficiently shown that both ancient and modern views pose more problems than they answer, and often fail to illuminate the basic truths of the Christian gospel. That we must make distinctions in the Godhead, I have constantly stressed; but that these distinctions fall into a neat, threefold pattern is far from apparent. There are distinctions of various kinds to be made, and we cannot sum them up under traditional symbols of Father, Son, and Spirit, which themselves are ambiguous and even overlap. If at least it is felt I have begun to ask the right questions, even though my conclusions may not be acceptable, I shall be satisfied that I have rendered a service.

My colleague, Prof. Daniel Williams, has been kind enough to read my manuscript and to suggest a number of changes I have incorporated. To him I am much indebted. He has, furthermore, raised two most acute criticisms of my book, and I should . . .

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