Here's a smiple explication of the Christian doctrine of the "Trinity":
why stop at 3 ?The Trinity is not polytheistic but monotheistic because God is both the Creator and the Creation
Fuqin wrote:why stop at 3 ?The Trinity is not polytheistic but monotheistic because God is both the Creator and the Creation
I tend toward holistic thinking also but trinity implies three faces of god (hypostases) of calls there’s no problem with this on a mystic level’ the nature of God should be a mystery, or beyond human comprehension but when dealing with the logos a term applied to Jesus in the 4 century’ we come under the scrutiny of Hellenism- Greek thought and logic this is why the debate of the trinity arose in the first place’ before this there was no trinity with the exception of some pagan and Gnostic ideas,<(of cauls there world is almost wholly drenched it the mystic position)< however it was the light of logic that cast upon scripture ,drew the concept of the trinity out and simultaneously framed it as untenable .it also might be worthy to note that that the other two monotheisms Islam and Judah' tisk tisk ,the notion of a trinity as simply blasphemous.
However I don’t mind your love logic triangulation there is a simple family logic to be found there ‘and is something that did not go unnoted by many ancient beliefs –i.e. father, mother ,child- and can be found in the worlds oldest surviving religion Hinduism.
**But even if my conception of the Godhead is incorrect, I do not believe the Deity will condemn me for holding such a concept. Is this your belief?
Fuqin wrote:**But even if my conception of the Godhead is incorrect, I do not believe the Deity will condemn me for holding such a concept. Is this your belief?
No certainly not !
my stance is mystic atheism as I have recently come to understand it! I reject the theistic attempts of universal or in theological terms “catholic” theologies, theories, theosophies, that place a frame work around things Like ‘God’ for me a true mystic should know better than to attempt a formalization ‘particularly with words’ of the inexpressible’ its fine to discus such things’ but doctrines/dogmas etc ( and the triune for me is one such dogma) is completely tied down to the frailty of the human mind ,I may see the truth in it’ but it is still a paradigm of MANkind’s and so in our finite understanding we can never understand the infinite. nor dose today’s truth hold ground in the accumulative process of truth seeking ,’today’s truth is tomorrows lie’ note the emphasis on the man in MANkind this is because ‘there in’ is a telling, misdeed of patriarchal ignorance with regard to the ideal of completeness,
However you say you subscribe to the mystic position, at lest then we may partially understand one another,
Oh triangulation wasn’t a good term your right
Perhaps what I meant was a tri-tangent 1+1=3 any how regards fuqin
Also you may want to Google’ Spinoza’
Now as I have explained though its obvious you cant grasp it Atheism-is anti-theistic ‘theism’ being the formularization of God to which my religion is apposed for logical political and philosophical reasons.
Can I not be Buddhist and an atheist can I not follow the Tao and be an atheist? Can I not have a sole without a God? More latter –maybe
*Spinoza espoused a form of pantheism (the belief that all is God).
*Atheism is an "anti-theistic theism"? Is this the godless god?
*Atheism is a religion?
*Are you a Buddhist? a Taoist?
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