When we think of the Trinity, most people feel it’s “blah…boring” or useless. I recently was surprised by how interesting and useful this topic can be. It was debated in the first four centuries over what’s true and what’s false. These debates over heresies have come up again in the twentieth-century taking new forms. Trinitarian expert, T.F. Torrance, says there are no new heresies, just old heresies dressed up in new clothes.
Elizabeth Johnson, a feminist theologian, has attempted to totally and utterly reconstruct a femininized Trinity. She came up with this formula: Spirit-Sophia, Jesus-Sophia, and Mother-Sophia. In her understanding, God cannot be understood by finite minds, therefore, a person must use analogy in order to bridge human unknowingness and the mystery of God. She states, “The only building blocks near to hand are creaturely experiences, relationships, qualities, names, and functions.” (She Who Is, 1992). In other words, it’s okay to use our human thoughts to reconstruct “God” according to our own image, experience, or understanding.
I do not want to discredit human experience but I respectfully disagree. Without a proper revelation and God’s speech, no human being would be able to see the likeness of the Triune God, let alone, to speak of him. Human experience must have its source from God’s revelation. Personally, I haven’t experienced God as a female. Furthermore, I am not God and God is not like me. Far from it.