Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Of Hamburgers and the Trinity - Le Donne
Him: "So, you being a historical Jesus guy and all, you probably have some weird ideas about the Trinity."
Me: "My ideas are probably not any more or less weird than anybody else's." (a thoughtful pause, with a hint of handsome brow-furrowing) "...The Trinity is an utterly bizarre concept, how could I have anything but weird ideas about it?"
Him: "You see."
Me: "What I mean to say is that I think that the whole concept evokes a bit of mystery."
Him: "Do you think that John thought that Jesus was divine?"
Me: "You mean the author of the Gospel of John?"
Him: "Do you think that he believed that there was only one God?"
(a long pause; more brow-furrowing; face contorted like a pug)
Him: "Do you think John believed that there was a necessary distinction between the Son and the Father?"
Me: "I don't know."
So I thought I'd throw it out to you all. Do you think that the author of the Fourth Gospel had a developed conception of the Trinity? Perhaps a greater complication arises from John's depiction of Jesus "breathing out" the Holy Spirit onto his disciples (Jn 20:22).