I have a JW guy on our forum who loves to cite these authors over and over again. I’m going to begin my own investigation into them. Find out what their actual perspective was etc. Any help would be great. Thoughts, idea, refutations, whatever. Thanks guys
The truth is that the Trinity isn’t even mentioned in God’s word, the Holy Bible.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary, by P. Achtemeier, c. 1985, Harper & Row, San Francisco, Ca.
A check of any concordance will prove this fact. Not only is it not mentioned, but the doctrine is neither found in the New Testament, (Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics, Vol. 12, ed. S. Jackson, reprint of early 1900’s edition republished by Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Mich.)
nor is it found in the Old Testament. (Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature, Vol. 10, by J. M’Clintock and J. Strong, reprint of 1881 workd published by Baker Book House, Grands Rapids, Mich.)
Concerning Old Testament scriptures, “theologians today are in agreement that the Hebrew Bible does not contain a doctrine of the Trinity, even though it was customary in past dogmatic tracts … to cite texts like Genesis 1:26 … as proof of plurality in God.” (The Encyclopedia of Religion, Vol. 15, ed. M. Eliade, c. 1987, Macmillan Pub. Co., New York)
And “… in the New Testament the doctrine of the Trinity is not enunciated …” but only “deduced from a collocation of passages …” (The New Schaffe-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, Vol. 12, ed. S. Jackson, reprint of early 1900’s edition republished by Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Mich.)
The Trinity, therefore, did not " … reflect accurately early Christian teaching regarding the nature of God, it was, on the contrary, a divination from this teaching." (Encyclopedia Americana, Vol. 27, c.1956, Americana Corp., New York)
“The formulation ‘one God in three Persons’ was not solidly established … into Christian life … prior to the 4th century… Among the Apostolic Fathers, there has been nothing even remotely approaching such a mentality or perspective.”
( New Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. 14, p.299, by editorial staff at the Catholic University of America, c.1967, McGraw-Hill, New York)