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Jul
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comment Can you give some example passage that is not so easy to decide whether to interpret the passage literally or metaphorically?
Hi @laovultai, I offered an edit that gives the question a more specific scope. You can find answers to your question here and here. Thanks.
Jul
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Jul
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comment Does a classic Trinitarian formulation consider God to be his own “Family”?
[...] I think the most relevant thing we can learn from the historical events might be that the orthodox understanding teaches that the Trinity is one of the mysterious elements of Christianity, and there are no acceptable earthly analogies -- or at least, AFAIK, no one has thought of any in the past 2,000 years. So, if any groups ever did teach "Trinity as a family," they likely would have been plainly outside of orthodoxy. But again, I don't claim expertise here.
Jul
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comment Does a classic Trinitarian formulation consider God to be his own “Family”?
As to whether any historically notable groups have officially taught that the Trinity existed as a family, I've never heard of any. Of course, that certainly doesn't mean that none existed, as I'm no expert on Trinitarian history. [...]
Jul
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comment Does a classic Trinitarian formulation consider God to be his own “Family”?
@Rick: I realize that this answer addresses the "Partialism" part of your question more than the main "Trinity as a family" part. I tried to clarify that with the "Scope" statement at the beginning, maybe it wasn't clear. In any event, I think historical background is always helpful, especially when considering something as complex as the doctrine of the Trinity.
Jul
27
comment Is Jesus the Creator?
@Anonymous: Actually, AFAIK, the hypostatic union describes the union of Christ's divine and human natures, not his union with the Father. Here's a quick reference from a site I like to use that might help. As far as how the Father and Son are related, the way the Council of Constantinople said it in 381 CE was, the Father, Son, and Spirit are "one ousia" and "thee hypostases." The doctrine of the Trinity can be really confusing, IMHO.
Jul
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comment Is Partialism a real heresy?
@svidgen: I relocated the quote to a point where I think it works better with the narrative. Kudos for checking the writings of Athanasius himself. "To the sources!," as Erasmus would have said. Good find.
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revised Is Partialism a real heresy?
Added the quote from Athanasius' "Discourses Against the Arians," as provided by user svidgen.
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revised Is Jesus the Creator?
Just suggesting some formatting and another tag. +1 on the question itself.
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comment Why can't Catholicism just drop its Marian devotion?
This is a great answer to begin with, and the use of objective & deferential language makes still better. +1 and welcome.
Jul
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revised What did Jonathan Edwards have to say about the fact that he owned slaves?
Trying to make my writing less pretentious, more accessible.
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answered Does a classic Trinitarian formulation consider God to be his own “Family”?
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asked What did Jonathan Edwards have to say about the fact that he owned slaves?
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reviewed No Action Needed What exactly does it mean that Jesus Christ is the son of God?
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revised What is the doctrine of the Trinity?
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revised Is Partialism a real heresy?
Just cleaned up the link.