Tuesday, June 20, 2006

The Trinity and PCUSA

There's been a lot of buzz about the "receiving" of a report that would propose alternative names for the Trinity such as*:

1. Rainbow, Ark and Dove

2. Speaker, Word and Breath

3. Overflowing Font, Living Water and Flowing River

4. Compassionate Mother, Beloved Child and Life-Giving Womb

Without studying the issue or the report, I am inclined to agree with Rev. Lovelady which states in the Layman article " that the Trinity paper "suffers from a confusion about the name of God." He (Lovelady) said there is a difference between a name and a metaphor." It seems to me that God may express his being/character in a metaphor, but may wish to be addressed as something else, in this case I presume it should only be "Father, Son, and Holy Spirit".

* See the article entitled "Trinity paper is 'received' by GA, but not approved" by the Layman: http://www.layman.org/

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think Mohler's commentary (http://www.albertmohler.com/commentary_read.php?cdate=2006-06-21) on the issue if his understanding of your polity is correct.

Me I'm wholly ignorant but find it strange that they would promote such language. I remember reading about this type of language coming from some very liberal women theologians and found it quite disturbing.