and their relation. What is potential and unrealized triunity in man is complete in God? Our own personality is triune, but it is a potential unrealized triunity, which is incomplete in itself and must go beyond itself for completion, as for example in the family? But God?s personality has nothing potential or unrealized about it? Trinity is the most intelligible mode of conceiving of God as personal.?
John Caird, Fundamental Ideas of Christianity, 1:59, 80 ? ?The parts of a stone are all precisely alike; the parts of a skillful mechanism are all different from one another. In which of the two cases is the unity more real ? in that in which there is an absence of distinction, or in that in which there is essential difference of form and function, each separate part having an individuality and activity of its own? The highest unities are not simple but complex.? Gordon, Christ of Today, 106 ? ?All things and persons are modes of one infinite consciousness. Then it is not incredible that there should be three consciousness in God. Over against the multitudinous finite personalities are three infinite personalities. This socialism in Deity may be the ground of human society.?
The phenomena of double and even of triple consciousness in one and the same individual confirm this view. This fact of more than one consciousness in a finite creature points towards the possibility of a threefold consciousness in the nature of God. Romanes, Mind and Motion, 102, intimates that the social organism, if it attained the highest level of psychical perfection, might be endowed with personality, and that it now has something resembling it ? phenomena of thought and conduct which compel us to conceive of families and communities and nations as having a sort of moral personality which implies responsibility and accountability. ?The Zeitgeist,? he says, ?is the product of a kind of collective psychology, which is something other than the sum of all the individual minds of a generation.? We do not maintain that any one of these fragmentary or collective consciousness attains personality in men, at least in the present life. We only maintain that they indicate that a larger and more complex life is possible than that of which we have common experience, and that there is no necessary contradiction in the doctrine that in the nature of the one and perfect God there are three personal distinctions. H. H. Button: ?A voluntary self-revelation of the divine mind may be expected to reveal even deeper complexities of spiritual relations in his eternal nature and essence than are found to exist in our humanity ? the simplicity of a harmonized complexity, not the simplicity of absolute unity.?
3. The doctrine of the Trinity has important relations to other doctrines.
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