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Trinity Notes

Trinity Notes

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"The man made and nonBiblical word "trinity" is one of earth's strangest of doctrinal phenomena, it seems ontologically from Greek and Italic reasoning. The so-called "blessed trinity" came from devious Greek minds. Different in Greek philosophical refinement the Trinity is a graphic condensation of polytheism." (DD M.Arnold) St. Augustine acknowledged that it was by means of the Platonic system (Timaeus) that he understood the doctrine of the trinity.
"The man made and nonBiblical word "trinity" is one of earth's strangest of doctrinal phenomena, it seems ontologically from Greek and Italic reasoning. The so-called "blessed trinity" came from devious Greek minds. Different in Greek philosophical refinement the Trinity is a graphic condensation of polytheism." (DD M.Arnold) St. Augustine acknowledged that it was by means of the Platonic system (Timaeus) that he understood the doctrine of the trinity.

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Trinity NotesThe following was taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica, volume 12, page 383, 1!"The #hristian Bi$le, including the New Testament, has no Trinitarian statements or speculations concerning a trinitary deity% The dogmatic formulation, coined $y the early church father Tertullian has it, three persons and one su$stance% This conception was not accepted without contradiction as is proved $y theological disputes of the 3rd and &th century% 't is evident that trinitarian speculation greatly resem$les the way of thinking of pluriform monotheism%"The following was taken from the New #atholic Encyclopedia, (olume 13, page 1)21, 1*!"There is the recognition on the part of e+egetes and Bi$lical theologians%%%%that one should not speak of Trinitarianism in the New Testament without serious ualifications%%% %%%%New Testament e+egesis is now accepted as having shown that not only the ver$al idiom $ut even the patterns of thought characteristic of the patristic -church fathers. and councilian -church councils. developed would have $een uite foreign to the mind and culture of the New Testament writers% The Trinitarian dogma is in the last analysis a late &th century invention% "" /s far as is known, the first use of the 0atin word "Trinitas" with reference to od is found in Tertullians "/dversus ra+ean and 4e udicitia%" 5e was the first to use the term "persona" in a trinitarian and #hristological conte+t, asserting that the 0ogos is distinct from the 6ather as a person and is not as su$stance and that the 5oly 7pirit is the "third person" in the Trinity%""Tertullian was a writer of marvelous fertility and inventiveness% 5e coined one epigram% one apothegm after another% 5e almost wrote like an angry man, his treatises on the #hristian virtues are polemical% 5e had a gift for the phrase rather than the paragraph, and most readers appreciated his wit than to follow his arguments%""Tertullian used strange conceived com$inations of words and phrases, highly
 
imaginative metaphors, cryptic allusions, multiple parentheses, and antitheses%""Tertullian was an e+tremist, and as a young man he was initiated into the mysteries of ithra% 5e confesses he committed adultery freuently% i$$on calls him little $etter than a sadist%"The following was taken from The #hristian 4octrine of od" $y Emil Brunner, 1&, 9estminster ress%"The doctrine of the Trinity itself, however, is not a Bi$lical doctrine and this indeed not $y accident $ut of necessity% 't is the product of theological reflection upon the pro$lem%%%%The ecclesiastical doctrine of the Trinity is the product of philosophical speculation, which is remote from the thought of the Bi$le%"The following was taken from "4ictionary of The Bi$le, 5astings" (ol% 1 page 2&1"The original form of words was into the name of :esus #hrist, or 0ord :esus% Baptism into the name of the Trinity was a later development% There is no mention in the New Testament of anyone $eing $apti;ed into the name of the Trinity%"The following was taken from The 'nterpreters 4ictionary of The Bi$le, page 3<1%"The other passages, atthew 28=1, o%%%%%%make disciples of all nations, $apti;ing them in the name of the 6ather, 7on, and 5oly host, also has $een disputed on te+tual grounds, $ut in the opinion of many scholars the words may still $e regarded as part of the true te+t of atthew% There is however, grave dou$t whether they may $e regarded as ipissima ver$a of :esus% The evidence of /cts 2=38, /cts 1)=&8, and /cts 1=1><, suggests that $aptism in early #hristianity was administered, not in the threefold name, $ut in the name of :esus #hrist, or in the name of "the 0ord :esus%"The following notes were taken from "The ?nown Bi$le and its 4efense" $y @ev% aud 5em$ree, 133, page 2<"There is in the Ald Testament no indication of interior distinctions in the od>head it is an anachronism to find either the doctrine of the trinity in its pages% There is no doctrine of the trinity in the New Testament% The change from the heavenly 6ather to the dogma of the trinity in the creeds of Nicea and #halcedon has $een descri$ed $y 5atch and 5arnack as a degeneration rather than a development, a corrupting of truth from its earliest simplicity%"The following notes were taken from "#hristian 4octrine" $y 7hirley uthrie :r% #0# ress, @ichmond, (irginia, page )"'t is true that three persons in one odhead is a mystery no one can understand% The Bi$le does not teach the doctrine of the Trinity, neither the word "Trinity" or such language as "one in three", or "three in one", or "three persons", is Bi$lical language% The language of the Trinity doctrine is the language of the ancient church, taken not from the Bi$le $ut from classical reek philosophy%"
 
The following notes were taken from "The ystery @eligions" $y 7% /ngus, 1!<, 4over u$lications, N%C%""hilosophy was to the reeks the preparatory discipline for the gospel which the 0aw proved to the :ews%Arigen said, "9e should follow reason and a rational guide%"#lement defended the rights of philosophic enuiry in #hristian doctrine%roclus maintained that the philosophical doctrines -chiefly of latonism. are of the same content as the mystic revelations, that philosophy in fact $orrowed from the mysteries, from Arphism through ythagoras, from whom lato $orrowed%lato spoke respectfully of Arpheus%Arphism prepared the way in the 9est for the mystery religions%The great step which Arpheus took was that while he kept the old Bacchic faith that a man might $ecome a god, he altered the conception of what a god was, and he sought to o$tain that godhead $y wholly different means%The retreat of the essianic categories in favor of the 0ogos #hristology correspond to the universal necessity for a religion with a cosmic outlook%lato admitted that the creator and 6ather of the world is apprehensi$le $y thought% 'n the Timaeus of lato, he used cosmic thought%These men stand out in the transition of mysteries from 9estern to Eastern religious conceptions= lato, osidonius, and hilo%/ttempts were made to fuse reek philosophy and 5e$rew revelation at /le+andria, Egypt% hilo was one who acuired this%The two spiritual forces of the religion of 'srael, and the thought of reece, confronted each other at /le+andria, and the results of their interaction permeated the whole editerranean world%lato indulged in a theory of sym$olic num$ers, and calls him happy who understands spiritual num$ers%reek ethical and mystical philosophy left an enduring heritage to mankind%reek thought saw in #hristianity immense possi$ilities of speculation and essayed to transform it into an eclectic philosophy in which the metaphysical would predominate over the spiritual%Trinitarian #hristianity with its political triumph through #onstantine, turned persecutor against :ew,, and non>#atholics, la$eled them as heresy, and tried to destroy them $y

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