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by BrotherAlan
Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: The Trinity
Topic: A triad does not mean a Trinity
Replies: 3
Views: 279

Re: A triad does not mean a Trinity

21centpilgrim, A few things. First, the fact that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are mentioned together in certain passages of the Scriptures is not the only, or even primary, reason for claiming that the Scriptures reveal that God is a Trinity of Persons (though, Matthew 28:19 is rather exception...
by BrotherAlan
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: The Trinity
Topic: The Holy Spirit - a person??
Replies: 50
Views: 2533

Re: The Holy Spirit - a person??

While I know I just posted, I thought that it just might be worth "throwing out" some texts from Scripture which, I think, manifest to us the Divinity of the Holy Spirit (the following is an excerpt from the Summa Contra Gentiles of Thomas Aquinas, Book IV, Chap. 17, in which Aquinas gives a good nu...
by BrotherAlan
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: The Trinity
Topic: The Holy Spirit - a person??
Replies: 50
Views: 2533

Re: The Holy Spirit - a person??

Thanks, Homer and Paidion-- To respond to Paidion's assertion that 90% of the use of the word "God" refers to the Father...first off: is this certainly true? I ask this because many uses of "God" in the Scriptures do NOT explicitly say "God, the Father". Yes, there are some in the New Testament in w...
by BrotherAlan
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Roman Catholicism
Topic: Presto Chango!
Replies: 50
Views: 6812

Re: Presto Chango!

Dear Homer (BrotherHomer!), Thanks so much for taking the time and effort to respond-- I sincerely appreciate it! God bless you, Brother! Real quick response here. As indicated in that document you sent from Clement of Alexandria-- and, more importantly, in John 6 itself-- "eating Jesus' Body and Bl...
by BrotherAlan
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: The Trinity
Topic: The Holy Spirit - a person??
Replies: 50
Views: 2533

Re: The Holy Spirit - a person??

Dear 21centpilgrim, Thanks for following up on these questions. Okay, so, let’s hop into it; you wrote: NT greetings- if the Trinity is true, then you would expect a common greeting from God the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Yet that is not the case at all. 'from God our Father ...
by BrotherAlan
Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Theology Proper, Christology, Pneumatology
Topic: Theology "From the Top"!
Replies: 23
Views: 1081

Re: Theology "From the Top"!

Greetings, Otherness, Paidion, Homer, et al. Otherness, thanks for “chiming” in with your thought-provoking ideas. As we have been discussing, there is certainly no denying that, if God makes creatures with free will, then there is the possibility that these creatures can choose evil, as you, now, h...
by BrotherAlan
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Theology Proper, Christology, Pneumatology
Topic: Theology "From the Top"!
Replies: 23
Views: 1081

Re: Theology "From the Top"!

Thanks, Paidion and Homer. I am enjoying this dialogue which is bringing out a lot of good things to consider. Getting to the key point we are considering right now—developing a proper response to the first objection to the claim that there exists a God who is all-good, all-knowing, and all-loving, ...
by BrotherAlan
Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: The Trinity
Topic: The Holy Spirit - a person??
Replies: 50
Views: 2533

Re: The Holy Spirit - a person??

Hi, 21centpilgrim-- I was planning on doing so, but, as I saw that, based on the questions that were arising, we needed to cover some more fundamental questions, and, thus, I started that "Theology from the Top!" thread. However, even as we go through that thread, I can address some of your specific...
by BrotherAlan
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Theology Proper, Christology, Pneumatology
Topic: Theology "From the Top"!
Replies: 23
Views: 1081

Re: Theology "From the Top"!

Thanks for the takes, Paidion. In response, I make note of the word "due" in the definition of evil: "Evil is the privation of a DUE good.". (As is the case with mathematics, most, if not all, definitions in philosophy and theology do not have superfluous words; thus, EVERY word in formal definition...
by BrotherAlan
Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: Theology Proper, Christology, Pneumatology
Topic: Theology "From the Top"!
Replies: 23
Views: 1081

Re: Theology "From the Top"!

Dear Paidion, Thanks for another very thoughtful reply; I think we are covering some good, important principles here with respect to God’s power, human free will, etc. Before addressing your points, I want to first give a reminder to all of us that the original question we started to investigate was...

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