TRINITY

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TRINITY. The doctrine of the Trinity, received by the greatest part of the Christian world, teaclies that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, of one substance, power and eternity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. The word T?i?iity does not occur in the Scriptures, nor in the Apostles' Creed, nor in the Nicene creed, but is found in the Athanasian creed (see Creed), in the following clause: " The Catholic faith is, that we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in unity, neither confounding the persons nor dividing the substance." (See Antiirinitarians, and Unitarians.) The former clause is directed against the Patropassian and Sabellian heresies, and the latter against the Ebionites, Cerinthians, Photinians, Arians and Macedonians. (See Heretic.)