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Liguori Author James Papandrea Explores the Trinity with Anna Mitchell on Sonrise Morning Show Thursdays in January

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Anna Mitchell, host of EWTN’s Sonrise Morning Show, and James L Papandrea, MDiv, PhD, author of Liguori’s Trinity 101, explore the topic of the Holy Trinity on Thursday mornings in January. The show airs at 6:00 AM Eastern, and the segment with Papandrea begins at 6:40 AM.

Understanding God as Trinity is both the heart of the mystery as well as the very definition of Christianity (Catechism of the Catholic Church 234).

Trinity 101 offers readers a basic approach to the Trinity as history portrays it, as a doctrinal concept, and how it is revealed in the Scripture.

Papandrea begins his explanation of the Holy Trinity citing Genesis 1:26: “Then God said: Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness.” (New American Bible, Revised Edition).

“Notice in this passage that God (the Father) seems to be speaking to someone. Who is the us in ‘Let us make...’?” asks Papandrea, who the Associate Professor of Church History Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, part of Northwestern University.

“While there are various ways to interpret this, Christians have traditionally understood this passage as though the Father was speaking to the Son, and perhaps also the Spirit,” Papandrea said. “Thus, already in the first chapter of the Bible, these verses have historically been interpreted as pointing to the preexistence of the Son (he existed before he became human, and he was there at creation), the divinity of the Son and Spirit (as “co-Creator” with the Father), as well as the distinction between the Father, Son, and Spirit.”

“Most Christians are familiar with the beginning of the Gospel of John: ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God’ (John 1:1),” said Papandrea. “This passage could be paraphrased as follows, since this is what it means: ‘In the beginning was the Son, and the Son was with the Father, and the Son was divine’.”

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