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Trinitarian Crisis in Popular Evangelicalism

brorito's picture

Several years ago I came to the suspicion that the doctrine of the trinity had fallen on hard times. The lack of empirical indicators to prove such a statement left me only with a suspicion. However, it seemed to me that the doctrine of the trinity didn’t quite get the same recognition as some of the popular teachings like prosperity, morality, self-esteem, and relationships. Yet one cannot deny the perennial nature of the trinity and its related teachings. It doesn't take long before one begins to notice that within contemporary evangelicalism discourses seem to emphasize second order discourses and primary order discourses Christology, God, or the trinity were relegated to secondary status. It seems to me that the sentiment today is that the trinity is a doctrine to be believed not understood which I would say is a CRISIS. Any thoughts?

brorito's picture

Interesting feedback

I appreciate the way tied the trinity to reality. This to me seems to be one of the stumbling block behind the “just believe, don’t understand” motif. In my evangelical upbringing the trinity was never associated to a concept of reality or being and unfortunately became a non-relevant doctrine. It was only when I was pursuing a degree in philosophy and learning about metaphysical and ontological theory of non-christian philosophies that I began to wonder about what a Christian concept of reality would look like.

To piggy back on your comments about modernism; I have come to think that modernist philosophical categories have embedded themselves so much into the contemporary mind that it is very difficult for contemporary evangelicals to consider the triune being and its relationship to the church. Thus the emphasis is shifted from de deo treo to de deo uno; and this unconscious move hinders the church from receiving the richness the doctrine of the trinity has to offer.