Antinomian and Antitrinitarian? The Fate of the Trinity between1640 and 1660

Paul C. H. Lim

in Mystery Unveiled

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195339468
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979097 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

Antinomian and Antitrinitarian? The Fate of the Trinity between1640 and 1660

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This chapter discusses how multi-faceted the problem of the Trinity became in the 1640s and 1650s. Due to the proliferation of “radical” religion, or the proponents of, what Nigel Smith calls, “perfection proclaimed,” an inexorable upshot was the collapse of ontological distinction between God and human. In so-called non-Trinitarian modes of discourse, popular among some “Ranters” and the Familists, the formal affirmation of the Trinity ended up being an actual denial of Nicene orthodoxy since the one Person of the Trinity might very well be the woman or man who believed oneself to have been “godded with God.” Thus, the problem of the Trinity was exacerbated. Not only were there the “rational” rejections of Biddle and Best, there were also “radical” reinvention of the ontological make-up of the Trinity. The chapter also challenges the notion that the Trinitarian controversy occurred in the 1690s, thereby giving a radically curtailed picture of the polemical exchange in the pre-Restoration context.

Keywords: Trinity; radical religion; God; human; Nicene orthodoxy; Restoration

Chapter.  23906 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christian Theology

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