Saturday, May 17, 2008

Understanding the Trinity

I just read a small book by J.P. Arendzen, Understanding the Trinity (Sophia Institute Press, Manchester, NH, USA, 2004, 1937) with some helpful comments about understanding God as a Trinity:
Had God never created the world nor ever chosen Israel, He would still be God, dwelling in inaccessible heights of His own divine life. God was not bestirring Himself after an eternity of inactivity when He created the world. God is always life and therefore is always acting (p. 9)
God is life; God is power in ceaseless activity. Now, life and acts are to us men incomprehensible unless linked to some kind of duality or multiplicity, a going out and a reaching an end; if you like, a striving and an obtaining, a tending toward another and a grasping and embracing it. (p. 10)

How is thought conceivable without some duality, under some aspect at least, of the thinker and the thought. How is will conceivable without some duality under some aspect of Him who wills and the object of His will? Yet God is one! But it is a unity that lives – a life that involves no change and yet is life. (pp. 10-11)

Thinking is an act of knowledge, but is knowledge possible without some duality between knower and known? God wills. That means He loves, yet how is love possible without some duality between lover and beloved? (p. 11)

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