Type I, Type II and Type III Trinitarianism

Seven years ago I sat down and drafted a template for debating Trinitarians. As part of this process, I identified three specific Trinitarian methodologies. I refer to them as Type I, Type II and Type III Trinitarianism.

The Type I Trinitarian believes that the Trinity is partially revealed (some will say “strongly hinted at”) in the Old Testament, and properly revealed in the New Testament. He sees the Trinity everywhere and will argue that the New Testament takes precedence over the Old Testament because:

There is no exegetical sophistication in this methodology, so probably doesn’t surprise [us] that Type I Trinitarians tend to be fundamentalists.

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Author: David Burke

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Bible reference(s): Genesis 1:26, Gen 3:22, Deuteronomy 6:4, Pro 8:22, Isa 9:6, Mat 1:23, Mat 28:19, John 1:1-4, John 1:14, John 1:18, John 3:13, John 5:23, John 6:33, John 6:38, John 6:41-42, John 6:51, John 6:58, John 6:62, John 8:23, John 8:28, John 8:58, John 10:17-18, John 10:30, John 14:9, John 17:5, John 20:28, Rom 9:5, 1 Corinthians 8:6, 1 Corinthians 15:28, Philippians 2:6-8, Col 1:15-16, 1 Timothy 3:16, Heb 1:2, Heb 1:8, Heb 7:3, 1 John 4:3, 1 John 5:7-8, 1 John 5:20, Rev 3:14

Source: “Scoring the Burke-Bowman Debate,” April 15, 2010.

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