An enduring doctrine in Christianity

Coequal three persons of the Trinity
The coequal three persons of the Trinity—God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit—has been a central teaching of Christianity since the fourth century.

Whether in Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox doctrine, or in the confessions of the Protestant churches, theologians have developed a variety of ways to express the belief that the persons of the Trinity “are utterly equal, one to another,” said William Placher, who teaches theology at Wabash College.

As Gregory of Nyssa wrote in the fourth century, said Placher, a Century editor-at-large, there is a “revolving circle of the glory moving from like to like.” The members of the Trinity do not compete with but glorify each other.


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