The internal contradictions of unitarianism: If God is finite, then there is a boundary, and he is hardly worthy of the name God. If he is infinite, then there is no boundary, but there is also no outside. But if there is no "outside," where does this unitarian God "put" creation? Does he forge an outside, which then bounds and limits him; does he become finite by creation? Only a God with an "outside" can create without creation becoming the cause of His finitude. But how can an infinite God have an "outside"? Only if there is some inside/outside within Him. Only if there is a Trinity. The Son is "external" to the Father as the Father is to the Son, as the Spirit is to Father and Son. The Trinity is the condition for the possibility of inside/outside, and the condition of the possibility of the transgression of inside/outside.
Perhaps that's gibberish.
posted by Peter J. Leithart on Wednesday, October 29, 2003 at 05:29 PM
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