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Does individualism reflect a failure to understand the Trinity?

Catholic World News - March 29, 2012

Anthony Esolen reminds readers of The Catholic Thing that the doctrine of the Trinity is an essential element of Christian belief. “The danger of monotheism without the Trinity,” he writes, “is that it will eventually shade away into the abstract and impersonal.”

Esolen goes on to explain that belief in the Trinity provides a reminder that God lives in a perfect relationship of three Persons, and man—made in God’s image—is also meant to live in community. That understanding has often been lost in an age of individualism, he laments:

The essential mistake of liberalism--of whichever political flavor--is the refusal to admit that an “individual” is an abstraction. We are persons, and personhood implies relationship.

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