Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology defines the Trinity as follows:
eternally exists as three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and each person
is fully God, and there is one God."
The Trinity is the term employed to signify the central doctrine of the
Christian religion: that in the unity of the Godhead there are Three Persons,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Catechism for Adults: God and the Holy Trinity
A few questions such as, Who is God?, Why can you not see God?, Can God see all
things? What is the Holy Trinity? answered.
Trinity - Syrian Orthodox Church
From the Pentecost Liturgy of Syrian Orthodox Church
One of the best explanation of the Holy Trinity comes from the Athanasian Creed
presented against the Arians.
Definition of the Trinity
I know that one of the most oft-repeated questions I
have dealt with is, "How does one explain, or even understand, the doctrine of
the Trinity?" Indeed, few topics are made such a football by various groups
that, normally, claim to be the "only" real religion, and who prey upon
Christians as "convert fodder." Be that as it may, when the Christian is faced
with a question regarding the Trinity, how might it best be explained?
God is far beyond the ability of human intelligence and
comprehension. What we know about God are through the knowledge He
revealed to us. God the Father is the invisible origin of Christ.
St. Ephrem and Eastern Orthodox Concepts on Trinity
St. Ephrem, Deacon and Doctor of the Church, "Harp of the Holy Spirit," uses the
image of the sun to help us understand the Trinity as
Three-In-One: the bright sphere we see in the sky is the
origin of what we know as the sun; it is like the
Father, origin of all there is.
God in Trinity
by Bishop Kallistos Ware
Orthodox theology explained. Those brought up in other traditions have sometimes found it difficult to accept
the Orthodox emphasis on apophatic theology and the distinction between essence
and energies; but apart from these two matters, Orthodox agree in their doctrine
of God with the overwhelming majority of all who call themselves Christians.
Three Equal Persons by St. Gregory of Nazianzus
This, then, is my position with regard to these things,
and I hope it may be always my position, and that of
whosoever is dear to me; to worship God the Father, God
the Son, and God the Holy Ghost, Three Persons, One
Godhead, undivided in honour and glory and substance and
Trinity: Three Persons, One Creative, Energizing Reality
by St. Athanasius - Early Church Father
We acknowledge the Trinity, holy and perfect, to consist
of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In this
Trinity there is no intrusion of any alien element or of
anything from outside, nor is the Trinity a blend of
creative and created being.
God in Three
Persons: A Doctrine We Barely Understand by Ray
My problem this morning is simple: to explain a doctrine
that all Christians believe but no one really
understands. And I have to do it in 30 minutes!
Love The Trinity
On the basis of Scripture itself, Christians throughout the centuries have
professed belief in the Holy Trinity, affirming the fact that our one God is
eternally existent in three Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
who are co-equal, co-existent and co-eternal.
Romance: The Blessed Trinity by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Part 1
I can divine something of the existence of God,
something of His Infinite Power, Life, and Beauty, by contemplating His
universe; but I could never learn anything of His secret Thought and Love. His
creation gives but dim hints of these.
Romance: The Blessed Trinity by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Part 2
Birth of Son: God thinks. He thinks a thought. That Thought of God does not come
from the outside world; it is generated in His Spirit in a much more perfect way
than the thought of Justice is generated by my spirit. The giving of life or the
power of birth, I repeat, is not limited to us...How Son was born in the divine
order of things; how word became flesh.
Romance: The Blessed Trinity by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Part 3
Love at such a stage does not speak; does not cry; does not express itself by
words, nor by canticles; it expresses itself as we do in some ineffable moments,
by that which indicates the very exhaustion of our giving — namely, a sigh, or a
breath. And that is why the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity is called the
Holy Spirit or the Holy Ghost.
We Live to Love
and Be Loved by Pope Benedict XVI
'The ‘name’ of the Holy Trinity is impressed on
everything that exists, because everything comes from
love, reaches out for love and is moved by the spirit of
the Doctrine of the Holy Trinity!
Every time we make the sign of the Cross we make an invocation of the Holy
Trinity: 'In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.' Those
who grew up as Catholics or Orthodox, or in other religious communities with an orthodox
understanding of this Triune nature of God, may take this doctrine for granted
and not comprehend the extent to which it has historically been assaulted and
still is attacked today.
Frank Sheed on the Trinity
The Three Persons--the Father, the Son, the Holy
Ghost--each possess the one Divine nature: they do not
share it: they each possess it in its totality. It is
important to grasp exactly what this means.
Holy Spirit, Gift of God's Love by St. Augustine
There is no gift of God more excellent than this. It alone distinguishes the
sons of the eternal kingdom and the sons of eternal perdition. Other gifts, too,
are given by the Holy Spirit; but without love they profit nothing.
of the Holy Spirit in the Trinity
I have stressed that the Son of God is the mirroring-forth
of God himself in his own self-consciousness. God has a perfectly clear and full
idea of all his own perfections. This image of God is so complete and perfect
that it is in fact the standing forth of God the Son, a person in his own right.
What We Believe About the
by Fr. Jerome Magat
The Trinity reveals to us
the master plan of how we are to live and love one
another: each person pouring themselves out for the
other as gift. As we are created in the image and
likeness of God, the Trinitarian model invites us to
examine how we relate to one another — if we are in fact
living in imitation of the Trinity’s inner life — a
community of persons.
Request: 'Tell me About the Trinity'
After the completion of the Viaticum Service, during a tender and profound
moment of silence, Jerry turned to me, focused his piercing, peaceful, and
intensely inquisitive eyes upon my own, and asked a question that was so unusual
- and so profound- that I have dwelt upon it since. "Tell me about the Trinity", my friend asked me,
"are they really happy?"
Mystery of the Trinity
The Trinity has always been a difficult doctrine to swallow. First of all, there
is this statement from Sunday’s first reading: 'The Lord is God in the heavens
above and on the earth below, and there is no other.' This was tough for anyone
to accept in the days of the Old Testament.
Theology of the Holy Trinity
This excerpt from Yves Congar's book, 'I Believe in the Holy Spirit' (vol. 3, Part B - chapter 1:
Augustine) outlines Saint Augustine's understanding of the person and role of the Holy Spirit in
relation to the other two persons of the Most Holy Trinity.
The Three Fountains of the Church: The Mystery of the
by St. Jerome, Early Church Father and Doctor of the
This sermon on psalm 41 (CCL 78, 542-544) was originally
addressed to the newly baptized by St. Jerome in the
early 5th century. The living waters for which the deer
longs is seen as a symbol of the Mystery of the Trinity.
and grace are in the Trinity and from the Trinity - A
letter by St Athanasius
The Trinity, holy and
perfect, consists of the Father, the Son and the Holy
Spirit. In this Trinity there is no intrusion of any
alien element or of anything from outside, nor is the
Trinity a blend of creative and created being. It is a
wholly creative and energizing reality, self-consistent
and undivided in its active power, for the Father makes
all things through the Word and in the Holy Spirit, and
in this way the unity of the holy Trinity is preserved.
The Rhythm Of
Dance: What Trinity Teaches Us How to Live in Joy and
In the early church, one of the most powerful images
used for the Trinity was the image of a dance of mutual
indwelling. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit live in an
eternal, joyful, vibrant dance of love and honor, rhythm
and harmony, grace and beauty, giving and receiving.