A few years back, I listened to theologian Miroslav Volf’s talk at Wheaton. Many things struck/troubled me, but here are a few:
*It seems his theology has collapsed into ethics.
*I would love to hear his exegesis of John 8.
*He says rightly that Muslims reject a conception of the trinity that is not the one of orthodox Christianity. He says the reason Muslims have done this is because most Christians can’t articulate the orthodox doctrine of the trinity. That is also correct in a way, but Volf makes no mention that Muhammad was reacting to the worship of many tribal deities not the trinity. I found this amazing.
I find the trinity attractive, compelling, and there are desires we all have for community and individual impact that showcase we are created in the image of a triune God. My next door neighbor who is not a Christian said this made sense to him.
Our culture emphasizes a faux unity that kills true diversity or a faux diversity that kills true unity. The trinity elevates both in glorious splendor. There is much Christians have to offer our chaotic culture. Sadly, I’m not convinced many Christians are that interested in having both diversity and unity.
Sadly, I’ve found many Christians confused in their thinking about the trinity. Here are five errors I’ve heard the most in my conversations with a number of Christians:
Thinking that the incomprehensible nature of the trinity means I can’t say anything meaningful about the trinity.
Thinking the trinity is illogical.
Thinking the trinity is impractical.
Thinking the trinity is something Christians can disagree about like other unimportant matters such as the proper mode of baptism.
Thinking the trinity is simply a river in Texas.(HT: To my friend, Helen Reeves!)
MAKE THE TRINITY GREAT AGAIN! Hey lawyer friends: Can I copyright that?! 🙂