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Should We Use Analogies to Describe the Trinity?

Why do our human analogies fail to describe the mystery of the Trinity? How do God-given analogies like Word, Son, and Image describe the Trinity? How do these biblical images help us understand eternal relations of origin? Why must we always respect the difference between the creature and the Creator?

In this Credo video, Vern Poythress discusses the Trinity, Trinitarian analogies, and how God speaks of his Trinitarian nature.

Vern S. Poythress

Vern Poythress (PhD, Harvard; DTh, Stellenbosch) is Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Biblical Interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary, where he has taught for 42 years. He is the author of numerous books including In the Beginning Was the Word: Language, A God-Centered ApproachChance and the Sovereignty of GodGod-Centered Biblical InterpretationInerrancy and WorldviewLogic: A God-Centered ApproachThe Returning King: A Guide to the Book of Revelation, and Symphonic Theology: The Validity of Multiple Perspectives in TheologyYou can also find resources and articles from Dr. Poythress at

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