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    I like to think of the Trinity in terms of ice, water, and steam; three different forms or structures but same substance( ! in 3) (3 in 1) ... From: FirstLook
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      I like to think of the Trinity in terms of ice, water, and steam; three different forms or structures but same substance( ! in 3) (3 in 1)

      --- On Fri, 10/31/08, FirstLook <firstlook@...> wrote:
      From: FirstLook <firstlook@...>
      Subject: Baptists struggle with the concept of the Trinity
      To: leightonjulye@...
      Date: Friday, October 31, 2008, 5:39 PM


      Controversy over the Trinity


      If you thought the doctrine of the Trinity was settled by the early church fathers, you'd be wrong. For instance, Baptists profess to believe in the Trinity. But through history, according to some scholars, some Baptist branches have leaned toward a form of Unitarianism, sometimes centered on the Creator and often focused on Jesus. In a series of stories in this issue we examine a new controversy over the nature of the Trinity.



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