Axioms on the Trinity

Here are links to the series of posts on Amandus Polanus’ “Eighteen Axioms on the Trinity” (chapter 8 of book 3 of his Syntagma). Each post features Ryan Hurd’s translation of an axiom, followed by video of our conversation about the axiom, and, when appropriate, a few notes and links to things that come up in the conversation.


Axiom 1: The word “Trinity”

Axiom 2: Trinity in Persons, Not in Essence

Axiom 3: Neither Dissimilar nor Similar

Axiom 4: Not Different, Conjoined, Solitary, or Identical

Axiom 5 & 6a: The Persons are One According to Essence

Axiom 6b: The Persons are Really Distinct

Axioms 7, 8, and 9: Real, Opposed Relations

Axiom 10 and 11, Relation and Essence are Simply One in God

Axioms 12 and 13: Not Composed, Not Separate

Axiom 14, by far the longest of the axioms, takes several episodes: