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The Centrality of the Doctrine of the Trinity according to Bavinck

September 2, 2011

Now in the confession of the Trinity we hear the heartbeat of the Christian religion: every error results from, or upon deeper reflection is traceable to, a departure in the doctrine of the Trinity. . . . To the church the doctrine of the Trinity was the dogma and hence the mystery par excellence. The essence of Christianity – the absolute self-revelation of God in the person of Christ and the absolute self-communication of God in the Holy Spirit – could only be maintained, the church believed, if it had its foundation and first principle in the ontological Trinity.

-Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics, vol. 2, p.288, 296

The rest of his discussion on the Trinity is excellent. It’s definitely worth the read!

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