Original Research

God-talk and the question of being human

Wessel Bentley
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 44, No 1 | a2752 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v44i1.2752 | © 2023 Wessel Bentley | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 October 2022 | Published: 28 February 2023

About the author(s)

Wessel Bentley, Research Institute for Theology and Religion, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa


The doctrine of the Trinity has, for centuries, dominated God-talk and the view of humanity within the framework of sin and salvation. This article investigated how God-talk, specifically the doctrine of the Trinity in Christian theology, speaks about both the nature of the Godhead and who we are as human beings. The article followed the outlines of our understanding of God’s transcendence, immanence and presence in experienced reality. It then proposed a new metaphor to describe the Trinity and how this affects the human quest for identity in a complex universe.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: This article investigated the question of being human, using the Christian doctrine of the Trinity as a backdrop. This discussion entailed theology, anthropology and the dialogue between science and religion. The implication of this article is a more integrated perspective on the Trinity and anthropology in the science and religion discourse.


doctrine of God; Trinity; humanity; science; religion.

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