Testing the Trinity

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Preface


Part 1: What is the Trinity?

Part 1 sets the stage for the rest of the book, both arguing for why we need to take another look at the Trinity, as well as providing the orthodox definition of this perplexing doctrine. In the process, the Trinity’s most glaring issues are introduced, which will be explored in Part 2.

The word God is nowhere in the Scriptures used to signify more than one of the three persons at once.

Isaac Newton

Part 2: The Making of a Doctrine

Part 2 digs into the history of the doctrine & explains where it came from, since (spoiler alert) it didn’t come from the Bible. It concludes by seeing how well the Trinity really stands up against Scripture.

It is indeed true that the name ‘Trinity’ is nowhere to be found in the Holy Scriptures, but has been conceived and invented by man.

Martin Luther

Part 3: A Better Alternative

Part 3 attempts to “make the case” for an alternative to the Trinity, what I’m calling the Filium, by setting aside the Trinity’s extra-Biblical notions and subsequently allowing Scripture to speak for itself.

The simplest act of obedience is better than the profoundest knowledge.

Charles Spurgeon


Part 4: Connecting the Dots

Part 4 considers some difficult passages of Scripture from the perspective of the Trinity vis-à-vis the Filium, and explores which framework actually helps us to make sense of them. It also addresses the supposed foreshadowing of the Trinity throughout the Old Testament, as well as how to better understand “the Word” in the prologue to John’s Gospel.

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.

Galileo Galilei

Peace if possible, truth at all costs.

Martin Luther


Appendices

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