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Mitch's answer provides an excellent summary of Barth's views on the issue of the English word "person," as well as a helpful quote from Barth's Christian Dogmatics. To supplement that, I'll reference theologians who have analyzed Barth's argument and dealt with this question. Criticism Barth's foremost critic from the conservative side was Cornelius van ...


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In the New Testament, Jesus proclaims that he is YHWH of the old testament: John 8:58 - "Jesus answered, 'I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I Am!" Exodus 3:14 - "God said to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM (YHWH). This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.'" Before his crucifixion, Jesus made a fervent prayer in which ...


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This is an interesting speculative question. If you're interested in it, I highly recommend that you read the "Perlandra" trilogy by CS Lewis. The whole trilogy uses a fictional universe to engage with the question of God's salvation and other species on other planets in our solar system. Here is what he says on page 123 of the second book, titled ...


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St. Thomas Aquinas teaches that Grace is formally participation in the Divine Nature (2 Peter 1:4). St. Thomas goes on to teach that the virtue of Charity that St. Paul writes about in the Letter to the Galatians is loving with God's love: that is, the supernatural virtue of Charity is partaking in the actual love of God Himself. Faith is partaking in the ...


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It's easy to find individuals who deny salvation to non-Trinitarians: Are Non-Trinitarians saved? I always wondered this since they deny the true nature of God. Jehovahs witnesses and Mormons do not have the same Christ as the Bible but only God can judge. No. Anyone denying The Creator as He has revealed Himself, Triune, will ...


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There is no "trinitarian protestant" who is *obligated to have faith in the Trinity to be saved. For instance: There are Protestant denominations that do teach that anyone who denies the Trinity (but not the divinity of Christ) is saved and that's the Calvinists, Presbyterian, Baptists in the Reformed tradition: The Athanasian Creed demands belief in ...


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Paul Edwards, in his book "Our Legacy of Faith: a brief history of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS)" (Herald Publishing House, 1991) indicates that the transition to belief in standard American trinitarianism occurred gradually towards the turn of the 20th century, and that the transition was complete by 1890: In 1878 the ...


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From a Swedenborgian perspective, there is a simple answer and a complex answer to this question. The Simple Answer The simple answer does not require the theology of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) at all. It only requires common human experience: Jesus was talking to himself. People often talk to themselves. Sometimes they even do it out loud! I doubt ...


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Augustine, for one: "Do you see that Abraham meets Three but bows down to One? ... Having beheld Three, he understood the mystery of the Trinity, and having bowed down to One, he confessed One God in Three Persons."



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