What Happens in Rome Stays in Rome: The Great Trinity Controversy (2 Corinthians 13:5-14)

June 11, 2017

Welcome to “Bible Study for Progressives,” a show where moderates, liberals and leftists of all faiths and ideologies come together to discuss scripture, spirituality and politics.

Did you know that the word “Trinity” is not used in the Bible?  There are passages from which scholars have derived the doctrine, but the New Testament never explicitly describes a Triune God.  Instead, the Bible describes God as infinite. [Jeremiah 23:2 and Revelation 22:13] So how do we get the Trinity?

On this Trinity Sunday, we will read 2 Corinthians Chapter 13, verses 5-14.  Then we will take a look at some of the early Christian theories of the nature of Christ and of the Trinity .  We will consider the implications of our study for our understanding of our faith, and we will use our scripture to guide us in dealing with disagreements and change.  Ultimately, we will ask whether the Trinity is a useful doctrine for today, or whether we should focus on lessons from scripture and on Jesus’ teaching rather than on Jesus himself?

Our panel of commentators include [Put camera on each individual as they are announced]:

The Reverend Tom Eggebean

Professor David Westfall

Doctor of Philosophy Joseph Dowd

Thantra Missionary Satya, and

My father, the Reverend Carl Procida

My name is Rich Procida, and I write biblical commentary at ModernLectionaries.blogspot.com. Let’s begin. . . .

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