A Brief History of Trinitarian Thought

Since the subject of the Trinity has become an unfortunate sandstorm of late, perhaps we would be wise to invite some theological pachyderms into our watering hole to weight in with their vast biblical wisdom.  Carl Trueman lays out a historical context for how the Trinity has been understood throughout church history, and the battles with doctrinal error that have been fought to defend those doctrines.  Along the way he visits Nicea, Athanasius, Augustine, John Owen, Jonathan Edwards, Van Til and others. With a better historical context perhaps we won’t be so quick to blunt the doctrine of the Trinity with the over-worn brick of unity.

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A Brief History of Trinitarian Thought

Carl Trueman joins the panel at Christ the Center to discuss the history of Trinitarian thought touching on the contributions of the Nicean Creed, the Chalcedonian formula, the Cappadocian Fathers, Athanasius, Augustine, Aquinas, Jonathan Edwards, Karl Barth, Van Til, and John Owen.  Trueman, who is something of an expert on Owen, spends some time looking at Owens understanding of the Trinity, particularly looking at how Owen differentiated how we commune with each member of the Trinity.  This is an important discussion as it demonstrates that the Trinity is not something for the theologians, but rather it has great impact for all believers.

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