The Evolution of Religion

Paperback | January 10, 2012

byWilliam Albert Hinckle

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1910. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV. The Evolution of The Trinity or How Jesus Became a God Broadly speaking, the Christian World may be divided into two classes, Trinitarians and Unitarians. The Trinitarians, or the so-called orthodox Christians, are by far the more numerous, including practically all the Christian denominations excepting the Unitarian Association, the Universalists, and some of the Quakers. Unitarians are those who believe in a first cause, or God existing as a unity. Trinitarians are those who believe in a first cause, or God existing as a trinity, or as a God-head of three persons--God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost--one of which persons, God the Son, was born as a human being of a virgin woman, without the aid of a human father, and lived some thirty-odd years as Jesus the Jew, finally being crucified by the Jews. The doctrine of a Supreme God manifesting as a trinity, or as three persons, was not original with Christianity, but is a more or less prominent teaching in most of the world's great religions. We must not on that account confound the triune gods of these other religions with that of Christianity, for they are essentially different. The Christian dogma of the Trinity emphasizes the claim that the man Jesus is one of the three persons of the Godhead, a claim which differentiates the Christian Trinity from that of all other religions. This dogma of the miraculous conception and deity of Jesus is a distinct and fundamental doctrine of orthodox Christianity. Here let me emphasize that Unitarians make a distinction between divinity and deity which is not ordinarily observed by Trinitarians. When Unitarians speak of "the divine" or of "divinity," they mean God-like, of the nature of God, or very good; but they do not mean God. When they refer t...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1910. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV. The Evolution of The Trinity or How Jesus Became a God Broadly speaking, the Christian World may be divided into two clas...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:34 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217348769

ISBN - 13:9780217348768

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