The Puzzle of The Trinity

Is the idea of the Trinity just some outmoded bunkum, an insistence that people believe "three impossible things before breakfast"? Wouldn't it make more sense to think about God as one thing, rather than with all this theological nonsense? These are all good questions - some of which I daresay I'll have a bash at answering, and some I will ignore, this coming Tuesday (2/6/20) at Cafechurch. Hit us up for a Zoom link - and there is some limited space available in housegroups for those who never want to Zoom ever again in their entire lives.

I suggest this for a change gear

Here is the talk from Alister. It is in 3 parts with questions. The whole thing, including the reading, takes 25 minutes. You can pause it for the discussion bits.

Here are the questions

Questions - 1

  1. Would it matter to you if the Genesis text is more recent than the Enûma Eliš?
  2. Do you think it’s significant that there is no “battle in heaven”? That God creates just like that?
  3. Have you noticed that God says “Let us make humankind in our image”?

Questions - 2

  1. Do you think it’s significant that God created humanity in God’s “own image”?
  2. What do you think it means to be in God’s image?

Questions - 3

  1. Have you ever thought of the idea of the Trinity as having a particular personal significance?
  2. What do you mean by “freedom”?
  3. What do you mean by “love”?
  4. What would church look like if it really reflected the idea that we are made for one another?

Image: Latimore, Kelly. Trinity, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved May 27, 2020]. Original source: