Over the centuries, Trinitarian theology has become increasingly bogged down by logical fallacies. A casual perusal of just about any apologetics website will expose the reader to vague mystical defenses of Trinitarianism based upon “mystery.” Strange, seeing as how a core tenet of Christianity is that God is logical and can be understood through rational discourse. These flights into Trinitarian mystery, however, contradict this important Christian teaching. Some Christians have recognized this, or in an attempt to refute accusations that the Trinity is non-biblical drivel, have formulated verbose defenses of the Trinity. Unfortunately, these defenses are replete with logical fallacies and Trinitarian eisegesis.
The most common way Trinitarians attempt to corroborate their position is through “proof texting.” Anyone who has had scriptural verses quoted to them out of context is familiar with what proof texting is, which is just that: taking a few biblical verses and using them toward some theologically motivated end. Proof texting is poor hermeneutics to be sure, but it gets worse because often the quoted verses contain what is known as the fallacy of accent. You see, the fallacy of accent is used in written or spoken discourse when the emphasis is altered to change the original meaning of what is communicated. The original manuscripts of the biblical texts did not contain punctuation, which is a very important point to keep in mind. Trinitarians who have translated these texts have inserted punctuation which makes the text appear to support their doctrinal position. For example, let’s look at Luke 23:43 which is usually translated this way:
“And he said to him, ‘Truly I say to you, today you shall be with me in Paradise.”
However, the correct rendering of the same verse into English with the proper conveyance of meaning is this:
“And he said to him, ‘Truly I say to you today, you shall be with me in Paradise.'”
If you blink, you’ll miss it. The placement of the comma in the above two verses dramatically alters the text. The first is the most common translation, with the comma appearing after “you.” This verse makes Jesus appear to have supernatural powers, as God, and will be with his interlocutor in paradise later that day. The correct translation with the right semantics, however, has a very different meaning. Jesus is telling him that at some given point, after Jesus’ death, they shall meet again in the hereafter. This makes Jesus appear to be a human being devoid of divine powers.
Another problem is that Trinitarians equivocate when they use the word “God.” That is to say, when they say God they can refer to God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, God the Triune, etc. This gives the word “God” several different meanings which become confused in later theological discourse as the above examples illustrate. Sadly, “God” is not the only word which has been abused by theologians over the centuries. “Man,” “Son of Man,” and “Worship,” among other words, have been equivocated by Trinitarian scholars through the centuries as well.
Finally, though there are numerous other logical fallacies I could discuss, for the sake of brevity I will restrict myself to one more. It’s rather simple so I am shocked that so many people have trouble with it: Jesus cannot be 100% God and 100% Man because it’s logically impossible. To say that Jesus is both man and God makes a mockery of language. It sounds good from a mystical perspective, but that’s it. And yet apologists glide over this insurmountable quandary like it’s nothing. They also ignore the serious problem of how God’s divine knowledge and will could be truncated to fit within the limited, mortal mind of Jesus when, by definition, God’s mind is infinitely superior. How does that work? The most ridiculous explanation I have heard is that God’s divinity was just sort of squished into Jesus’ unconscious mind as a sort of psychoanalytic complex. Are you kidding me?
There you have it. Just a small selection of the many egregious fallacies employed by Trinitarian theologians. They make a mockery of God and need to be seen for the illogicality they are. If you are interested in reading more about these fallacies, I recommend this page.