Monthly Archives: February 2014

“That you might believe…”: Arguing With the Gospels

The Gospels are usually first and most often encountered in church. In that setting, where they are read out piecemeal, they sound like pastiches, anecdotal collections of Jesus’ miracle stories or parables. The listener is instructed, uplifted. Little wonder: they are being recited in effect to the choir. For someone who reads them through, however, […]

Why Is There a Trinity?

Why is there a Trinity? Or, more specifically, why is there a Christian doctrine that maintains that there are three distinct “persons,” as the Christians call them, who nonetheless constitute one God? If we attempt to open up that terse dogmatic pronouncement of three in one, what emerges is the conviction that the One True […]

Three Into One Won’t Go: The Mystery of the Christian Trinity

Fully loaded cargo planes lumber down the runway until they slowly and laboriously lift off. As they gain height they seem to lose mass until at 30,000 feet they appear to float lightly and effortlessly through the skies. The Christian Trinity is quite otherwise. What begins with the Gospels’ simple, clear and concrete assertion –Jesus […]