How we might understand the trinity in contemporary and postmodern times. These are just open reflections and each part should reflect in the other two.


  • The ethical element is that God is the highest sum of our values, and what we aspire towards.
  • God is also of the dark of fear, in what goes wrong, in what we must face up towards (this also relates to the Christ).
  • The psychological element of God is about the side that we are not, a perfection that eludes us (this also relates to the Christ).
  • God is also the history of traditions packed with guiding meaning. The tradition can be Judaeo-Christian or indeed other traditions.
  • God is a pure state. It can be extended hopefully without violence to the pure condition of nirvana in that this does not postulate an absolute existence but a beyond existence within.
  • God is bliss, which comes through all religious traditions and in encounters with art.
  • God is worked out in the shape of society and culture, in the transition of collective meanings and shifts from one understanding of the lifeworld to another.
  • God is in the quantum random chance, and in the higher level order that allows a relationship with the physical world around.
  • God is in not as things have to be but as they can be, turning reality on its head (like Christ).

Holy Spirit...

  • The Holy Spirit is the part that deals most readily with spirituality.
  • It wells up in the practice of meditation and prayer.
  • It is in the moment of perfect realisation or bliss (relating to God).
  • It is the moment of impact of art (relating to God) and cultural heights.
  • It is found in the profound touch of silence.
  • It is found in the appreciation of the natural and beautiful.
  • It is found sat under the tree (as the Buddha came to realisation)
  • It is the moment of revelation and realisation of insight with duty.
  • It is the encounter with the thinking again that takes place either in daily inspiration or in time set aside in a religious place.
  • It is in the encounter with the facing up to a predicament at a moment of change, possibly of faced evil.
  • The Holy Spirit is about bringing people together to share, as well as individual reflection and contemplation.


  • Christ is the inspiring figure without idolotry, like Mohammad, the Buddha and Krishna, and prophetic figures from the Tanakh.
  • Christ is the literary character, who in a setting of great expectations, faces great trials, like Krishna.
  • Christ is a statement that the divine aspiration is realised in the complete and full human, just as the human Buddha achieved the way.
  • Christ is a middle way, neither zealot nor hermit nor powerful ruler, like the Buddha too.
  • Christ is the teaching that turns reality on its head.
  • Christ is the realisation that one must change internally to the good for what lies ahead (relates also to Holy Spirit).
  • Christ is the facing up to an end in the hope of better to come (relates also to God).
  • Christ is in the going away for some time before re-encountering (realtes also to Holy Spirit).
  • Christ is the putting oneself into a position at personal cost to bring about profound change for the better, like a suffering servant.
  • Christ is in facilitating someone find out for themselves some profound meaning and then disappearing again.
  • Christ is in the gathering to share (like the Holy Spirit).
  • Christ is in the sending out to do work.
  • Christ is about faithful dedication.

Three in one...

  • Altogether they demonstrate a grounded spiritual whole.
  • Altogether they imply a social cohesion of parts with a whole.
  • Altogether they represent a dynamic searching community.
  • Altogether they represent a functional dynamic system.
  • Altogether they represent profound relationship.


Adrian Worsfold

Pluralist - Liberal and Thoughtful