Monotheism and the New Testament

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Although the NT affirms Trinitarianism (see, e.g., Matt. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14), it is outspokenly monotheistic as well (see, e.g., Acts 17:22 - 31). For the NT writers no conflict existed between the teachings that God is one and that at the same time he is three in one. Paul the monotheist can state with confidence that "there is no God but one" (I Cor. 8:4), and in the very next breath, using a partial Trinitarian formula, he can declare with equal confidence that "there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live" (8:6).

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R Youngblood
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Bibliography:
P Lapide and J Moltmann, Jewish Monotheism and Christian Trinitarian Doctrine; W F Albright, From the Stone Age to Christianity; R Youngblood, The Heart of the OT.


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