Tuesday, June 20, 2006


Not to be outdone by the Episcopalians, Presbyterian Church (USA) has pushed right past electing women bishops and endorsing homosexuality to an assault on the Trinity itself:
For some Presbyterian churches, the phrase "Father, Son and Holy Spirit" may soon give way to alternatives such as "Compassionate mother, beloved child and lifegiving womb."

The Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly on Monday accepted a report that encourages, but does not mandate, using alternatives to traditional references to the Trinity.

"The language of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, rooted in Scripture and creed, remains an indispensable anchor for our efforts to speak faithfully of God," said the theological report for the 2.3-million-member Presbyterian Church (USA). "With this anchor in place, however, we are liberated to interpret, amplify, and expand upon the ways of naming the three-in-one God familiar to most church members. We are freed to speak faithfully and amply of the mystery of the Trinity."...

The theological report, five years in the making, explores and encourages such alternative formulations for the Trinity as:

"Rainbow of Promise, Ark of Salvation and Dove of Peace"

"Speaker, Word and Breath"

"Giver, Gift, and Giving"

"Lover, Beloved and Love that binds together Lover and Beloved"

"Rock, Cornerstone, and Temple"

Rock, Paper, Scissors, maybe?

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