theology essay #1 - The doctrine of the immanent Trinity a...

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The doctrine of the immanent Trinity, a cornerstone of the Christian faith, is basically the idea that God eternally exists as the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. This doctrine illustrates how God should be the center of our thinking. This serves the purpose of defining our object of worship and source of truth, the triune God. A few basic problems that arise with the thinking of Kaufman, LaCugna, McFague and Johnson are their lack of adherence to the immanent trinity. Instead of God being the center, their experience and who they think God to be is. God is who He is and cannot be changed merely because we want Him to. A point of reference has to be fixed, and if God is accepted for who He is, then He will never change. This fixed point starts to change when the doctrine of the immanent trinity is ignored or misunderstood, when human experience becomes the starting point of theologies. Each theologian who is employing this method has different experiences and in turn has a different version of God. Essentially, they are following Tillich’s method of creating your own God. Theologies cannot lead to the truth when God is neither the starting point nor the center. Gordon Kaufman believes that theology was an imaginative construct of humans who seek order is a disordered world, explaining his thinking in his book Theology for a Nuclear Age . He thought that “the human imagination uses the image/concept of God as
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This essay was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course THE 71621 taught by Professor Molnar during the Spring '08 term at St. Johns Duplicate.

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