Are Christians In Their Practical Life Monotheists?

brorito's picture

I was laying in bed tonight wanting to get some sleep and I kept thinking about a trinitarian theology of justice (I realize that's strange but its perfectly normal for me). So rather than lay there fretting over it I decided to get up and look at one of the locus communis on this topic The Trinity by Karl Rahner. One caveat before I go any further. If you are new to the Christian faith or still learning about the faith I don't recommend Rahner as a source for you. As I was reading away I came across something interesting he said and it got my attention viola! a blog post was born.

So here is what Rahner had to say.

“Despite their orthodox confession of the Trinity, Christians are, in their practical life, almost mere ‘monotheists’. We must be willing to admit that, should the doctrine of the Trinity have to be dropped as false, the major part of religious literature could well remain virtually unchanged”.

“We may hope that any material could be pressed into service in the attempt to destroy once and for all the false conception that a ‘speculative’ doctrine of the immanent Trinity may perhaps be conceivable today, that it is a completely idle and irrelevant undertaking, possessing neither spiritual nor religious interest to the modern Christian and theologian”

Now I am curious, does anyone believe this might be true? I will even settle for a feeling. Does anyone feel that there is a possible hint of truth here? And the reason I ask is quite legitimate. From my perspective, as I look around at Churches today especially contemporary evangelical types, I do see Rahner's thesis being demonstrated practically. Now I am not saying that contemporary evangelicals are self consciously Modern in their theology. But, I do get the impression they view the trinity as "something we we believe" but not to be central to or inculcated in the life of the church.

Am I being too harsh? It's not intentional. I raise this question out of genuine concern. Moreover, I believe many of the ecclesial problems evangelicals experience today can be answered with a return to a healthy understanding of the ontological trinity. What says you?

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Bill Duer's picture

Nicaea

In the early days of the Christian Church the "glue" which held it together was the one principle teaching, Thou shall love thy neighbor as thy self. It was all about the simple concept of Agape. Doctrine was of little concern. A very simple rule of life, one which I admire. However as the Church moved into the Greek and Roman societies, the great emphasis of knowledge was encountered. Especially the philosophers in Greece began to insist there was a necessity for answers to the questions asked as listed in my earlier post, "Trinity, cont." Each of the questions was fiercely argued over and over for hundreds of years. Either an answer would be found or the Church was thought to fall apart. Love one's neighbor as taught by Jesus of Nazareth was not enough. One rational and acceptable answer developed would save the day. At the council of Nicaea a solution of great import was agreed to by a majority of the Bishops in attendance. That solution was




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