Does the anthropomorphic language of the Trinity as "Father" and "Son" aid or distort Christian understanding of the Trinity?

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Does the anthropomorphic language of the Trinity as "Father" and "Son" aid or distort Christian understanding of the Trinity?

Post by Admin on Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:08 pm

Olivier Clement "The Father is the God beyond all..." In other words, in non-anthropomorphic terms, "Father" is the Transcendent dimension of God-- the transcendent Dimension of God in which all creation dwells; the very Glory of God beyond creation. Do you find this non-anthropomorphic view of the "Father" is clarifying? I do.
Clement also offers a non-anthropomorphic definition of the Logos as That which "gives form to the world...." The Logos is creative divine Knowing, "through which all things are made" (John 1:16). This non-anthropomorphic view of Logos (rather than "Son") invites us to intuit, and delight in, the Presence of God omnipresent in nature. How fantastic is that!


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Re: Does the anthropomorphic language of the Trinity as "Father" and "Son" aid or distort Christian understanding of the Trinity?

Post by CGT on Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:43 pm

The word "Father" can be used as a helpful metaphor to refer to "the God beyond all," however, it becomes unhelpful when one takes the metaphor too literally or seriously. Viewing God as literally a Father in an anthropomorphic sense could further limit one's already inevitably limited conception of God to a role that exists on a human level, but not on a divine level.

I think it is worth striving to align one's view of God with the truth as much as possible within the limitations of a human perspective and that it is good to remain humble about our inability to come close to fully understanding God.
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