Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Linky Linky

Normally, I am content to tag interesting articles that come through my feed reader and let you pick the ones you find interesting out of the "News and Opinion" widget over there on the right side of the window.

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But given our brief conversations about epistemic humility and the gender of God, and given my interest in seeing our traditional doctrines as metaphors, rather than reductionistic descriptions of metaphysical truths, I think you should read the following blog post at Find and Ye Shall Seek.

Trinity Sunday
The doctrine of the Trinity was a tool; it served a means of consolidating victory by Nicean forces in the Christian power struggles of that century. It lent a much needed theoretical foundation for the victorious side, one that various factions could coalesce around. The doctrine of the Trinity, as formulated by Gregory of Nyssa, actually made for an interesting and sophisticated theology. Unfortunately, whereas it should have served as a jumping off point for further free inquiry into the nature of God, the opposite is instead what happened; it became a tool with which to bludgeon dissidents. This is because the various factions that coalesced around it colluded with Roman state power to stamp out Arianism or any other free thinking doctrine.

5 comments:

Mystical Seeker said...

Thanks for the link! :)

Karla said...

Deep thoughts, by Matt Lowe...

Matthew said...

It's Karla! Hoorays!

Casey. said...

My friend did a very good sermon about this on Trinity Sunday.

ConcernedEngineer said...

Heretics hate being called out on heresy. But it is God's will for heretics to be silenced.

Of course, we must be responsible in calling heretics out on heresy.