The Trinity

13 Mar, 2014 230 Christianity

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Trinity. The idea that God is a single entity, but one known in three distinct forms - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - has been a central belief for most Christians since the earliest years of the religion. The doctrine was often controversial in the early years of the Church, until clarified by the Council of Nicaea in the late 4th century. Later thinkers including St Augustine and Thomas Aquinas recognised that this religious mystery posed profound theological questions, such as whether the three persons of the Trinity always acted together, and whether they were of equal status. The Trinity’s influence on Christian thought and practice is considerable, although it is interpreted in different ways by different Christian traditions.

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  • Janet Soskice 4 episodes
    Professor of Philosophical Theology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Jesus College
  • Martin Palmer 22 episodes
    Director of the International Consultancy on Religion, Education, and Culture
  • The Reverend Graham Ward No other episodes
    Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford and a Canon of Christ Church

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Hello (First sentence from this episode) Hello. One of the beliefs that sets Christianity apart from all other faiths is known as the doctrine of the Trinity.