Two Perspectives on the Doctrine of the Trinity in the Early Church

Is the doctrine of the Trinity articulated in the New Testament? In what ways did the Early Christian Church understand the metaphysics of the Trinity? What motivated the Early Church to describe the Son and the Holy Spirit as distinct persons of a triadic formula on God?

In this episode, we hear these questions answered by patristics scholar and author Professor Mark Edwards (Christ Church, Oxford). After hearing each of Prof. Edwards’ answers to these and other questions, Prof. Dale Tuggy, a Biblical unitarian, comments on Edwards’ answers—at times agreeing and disagreeing. Thus, two perspectives of the doctrine of the Trinity in the Early Christian Church are briefly sketched.

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Bible reference(s): Matthew 28:19, John 1:1-3, John 1:14, John 1:18, Joh 10:30, Joh 17:3, Joh 20:28, 1Co 8:6, Eph 4:6, 1 Tim 2:5, 1 Tim 3:16, 1 John 5:7-8

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