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The Trinity is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (BCP, p. 852). The term is from the Latin tri, "three," and unitas, "unity." The term was devised by Tertullian to express the mystery of the unity-in-diversity of God. Trinity means "threefold unity." The corresponding word in Greek is ho trias, which means "the Triad." The Trinity is a perfect relationship of love in which neither unity nor distinctness of the divine persons is compromised. God's life is understood to be dynamic, loving, and available to be shared in relationship with humanity for salvation. The term "economic Trinity" has been applied to the life of the Trinity in time and space, in the "economy" of salvation; as distinguished from the "immanent Trinity" which refers to the inner life of God beyond the limits of time and space. It may be said that our experience of the economic Trinity leads us to know the immanent Trinity and that God's self-revelation corresponds to God's essential nature. However, the helpfulness of this distinction should not be overemphasized because there is only one divine trinitarian life. Karl Rahner states, "The economic Trinity is the immanent Trinity, and vice versa." 




Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
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