In a recent post, I explained and defended the historical Christian concept of the Trinity. In this blog post, I want to consider the conception of the Trinity held by the writer of the Qur’an — whom I presume to be Muhammad — and examine whether this individual properly understood the view he so strongly repudiated.
Firstly, let’s briefly recap. What is the historic definition of the Trinity? In a nutshell, the doctrine states that within the one being or essence that is God, there exists three co-equal and co-eternal (yet distinct) divine persons — namely the Father, Son and Holy Spirit — who share that essence fully and completely.
Let’s turn our attention to the Qur’an to find out whether its author properly understood this doctrine which is central to the Christian faith. If he did not, then it may be concluded that the Qur’an’s author was not (as Muslim’s allege) the infallible Allah. Rather, it is demonstrably a work of fallible human authorship.