Second Quote of the Day

William S. Babcock:

The doctrine of the Trinity occupies a peculiarly ambivalent position in contemporary Western Christianity. On the one hand, it is deeply embedded in the Christian doctrinal tradition, far too deeply to be excised without pain or perhaps even to be excised at all; and it certainly maintains a persistent—if hardly vivid—presence in various liturgical formulas and habits of speech that continue to have widespread currency. On the other hand, despite the recent revival of interest in the doctrine on the part of theologians, it seems to exercise little or no control over the complex of ways in which Christians do and do not imagine, do and do not conceive, their God. In this respect, it seems no longer to retain its earlier functions: to identify the God of Christian allegiance; to specify the God whom Christians worship and for whom they yearn; to single out the God who is genuinely God as opposed to the imagined gods whom human beings, whether individually or collectively, devise for themselves.

“A Changing of the Christian God,” Interpretation 45 (1991), 133.

I’m with him on everything except the “recent revival of interest” bit, but ouch! Sadly, this has been my experience in “low church” contexts.

B”H

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