Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : November 15, 2004

I’ve been studying the Trinity.  Currently, I’m reading Experiencing the Trinity .  The book is pretty solid…but also pretty basic–which is what I was looking for, I guess.  I’m trying to get to the point where I can explain why I believe so strongly in the Trinity in a way that shows my passion, but also in a way that is clear for those without a theological education.  I’m learning that part of the problem is that people lack the vocabulary to engage the doctrine–in other words, it isn’t so much that the idea of the Trinity is so high-falutin.  Its just that the past few hundred years of theological language hasn’t been Trinitarian.  And this unitarian way of talking has trickled down into the church.  Now the average church-goer is asked to engage in the Doctrine of the Trinity in unitarian vocabulary.

Here’s a quote from the book that is pretty indicative of the subject matter:

Here is the good news: The living God is not a solitary God.  The living God is not a lonely God.  The living God is the Trinitarian God.  From all eternity the living God has existed in community as Community; in fellowship as Fellowship; in relationship as Relationship.  From all eternity the living God has existed as Father, Son, adn Holy Spirit.  From all eternity the living God has been able to speak of himself as "we," "us," and "our." (73)

for further reading . . .

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