Christopher Newport University

Is the Christian Doctrine of the Trinity Contradictory?

The doctrine of the Trinity is central to orthodox Christianity: There is one God, but there are three distinct divine persons, each of which are Godthe Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Many have claimed that Trinitarian doctrine is contradictory in two ways. The first is that the Father is God and the Son is God. This makes it seem as if the Father is the Son. But Trinitarians deny that the Father is the Son, instead affirming that they are distinct. Second, Christian Trinitarians affirm that the Father is a God, the Son is a God, and the Holy Spirit is a God, but they deny that there are three Gods. This again seems contradictory. How should we understand the doctrine of the Trinity? In this talk, I present two common ways of understanding the Trinity in a way that avoids these contradictions, and I present a new way of understanding how these contradictions can be avoided. 

Thursday, January 18 at 12:20pm to 1:20pm

McMurran Hall, 101

Event Type

Academic

Cost

Free, Pizza Served

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