Tuesday, March 28, 2006
The Trinity as "Mother, Child, and Womb"?
According to last week's Christian Post: "Presbyterians Consider Triune 'Mother, Child, and Womb'." This report begins:

Presbyterians this June will be asked to ratify a new report on Trinitarian theology that describes the cornerstone doctrine in various metaphorical terms, including a controversial description of the triune God as “Mother, Child and Womb.”

“[The report] aims to assist the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in reclaiming the doctrine of Trinity in theology, worship and life,” the introduction to the 40-page report, “God’s Love Overflowing,” states.

The report, which has been underway since 2000, includes theological and liturgical sessions that are meant for use in study sessions on the doctrine.


I first found this article through Kim Riddlebarger's blog, but also appreciate Philip Ryken's response on the Reformation21 blog:

What interests me is the move from saying that no wording or metaphor will ever exhaust everything that can be said about God's Triune Being to saying that therefore we need supplement the divine vocabulary with our notions about the Godhead. This is a common and deeply concerning strategy in postmodern theology generally: using the finite limits of the human mind as an excuse for ignoring or supplementing what God has said in His Word. Shouldn't the fact of our finitude move us in exactly the opposite direction, so that our admitted inabilities make us more careful about only believing what the Bible says about God?
 
posted at 3:00 PM  
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2 Comments:
At 5:00 PM, Blogger -mike- said...

If we were to believe what the bible has to say alone, there wouldn't even be a church. I don't see the validity in arguing that various analogies that help guide one to an understadning of historical theologies is a "bad thing."

Peace

 
At 10:34 AM, Blogger John said...

Mike,

I suggest you check out James R. White's Scripture Alone. I also reviewed this book in the Founders Journal.

 

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