I’ll be taking a week off from blogging for the Christmas holidays next week, December 25-31. I will plan the next “Drawing from the Well” post for Tuesday, January 3. In the meantime, I’m re-posting today a piece I originally wrote in December of 2007 on another blog site. It applies some basic theological insights about the Trinity and the Person of Christ to the issue of abortion.
Two important terms in theology are “nature” and “person.” Both terms help us understand the central Christian doctrines of the Trinity and the Incarnation. With regard to the Trinity, we have one nature and three persons. God is three “who’s” but one “what”. The three persons share the same nature, so that all three are fully God, and yet there is only one God. With regard to the Incarnation, Jesus Christ is one person with two natures. He is one “who” with two “what’s,” one person who is both fully divine and fully human. Both of these truths are great mysteries, because in our experience singular personhood is always tied to an individual human nature. We have nothing analogous to the Trinity or to the Incarnation in normal experience, so we bow before the mystery. Continue reading