Interrupting The Scriptures: A Reply To A Unitarian’s Attacks Against The Doctrine Of The Trinity

For one who had encountered Unitarians in the past, I’ve come to notice that most of them aren’t really familiar with the doctrine of the Trinity. They will set up their own version of the Trinity (which if examined on closer scrutiny, is actually Modalism or Tritheism), knock it down and beat their chest in false boast that they’ve toppled the doctrine of the Trinity. Oje Giwa-Amu, one of the most recent Unitarians whom I had exchange with and whom our esteemed brother, Korede Olawoyin had debated, during the course of our written debate directed me to his note published on Facebook – where he managed to convince himself that he had refuted the doctrine of the Trinity.

Peeling the Onion Layers

Before addressing his post, I find it necessary to address the underlying presumption tainting his worldview – a worldview that informed Trinitarians don’t share with him. The starting premise of Oje Giwa-Amu (like most Unitarians) which he takes for granted and uses as a yardstick is predicated on philosophical monism that inevitably leads to pantheism. He thinks that God and His creatures who are personal, must belong to the same undifferentiated unity – which is responsible for him and his ilk typically counting the persons of the Godhead the way they count Paul, Peter and John. IOW, undergirding Oje Giwa-Amu’s fuzzy worldview is the idea that the individuality or oneness of personal creatures is a yardstick that should be used to measure the oneness of God – which presumes that God belongs to the same order as His creatures.

For instance, while both a paramecium and a roundworm (c. elegans) are each individual organism in its own right, it is completely fallacious to measure the individuality (oneness) of a roundworm using that of a paramecium. For a paramecium, its individuality is bound by one cell (considering the fact that a cell is the functional unit of life). If we use the formula, one cell = one living organism that pertains in a paramecium, and apply it to a roundworm that has roughly 1000 cells, then your roundworm ceases to a living organism but rather a plethora of living organisms – a conclusion that every biologist will reject given the fact that the individuality of a community of 1000 paramecia cells does not correspond to that of a roundworm that has 1000 cells. IOW, while both organisms are a unity, their unity is different because they belong to different univocal order. While one is a unicellular organism, the other is a multicellular organism. More