TRINITY SYMBOLS
Symbols are used to
represent the concept of trinity. Like all symbols they can not be
perfectly allegorical to the minute details.
These are the simplest
of all such symbols. The idea is to represent that the two dimensions
of space produces one closed surface with three sides. Each side of
the triangle is a projection of the whole onto one dimension. The
minimum number of straight lines required to seperate a Eucledian
linear plane is three. A circle is also often incorporated in the
symbol to represent unity.
The basic idea of
these figures is the unity of God in its essence and the concept that
each person is inseperably connected together in love. If one breaks,
the entire structure will fall apart.
These three circles
form the basis of these symbols. In the first figure they are
interwoven and exhibits the special property that if any one circle is
broken, the entire structure will fall apart.
This symbol is made up
of three arcs of circles to form one continuos boundary. They are
interwoven in this case so that they cannot be unentangled. The figure
can also be derived without interweaving when it will actually
straighten out into a circle..
There are other more
complex and ancient trinitarian symbols such as these which are more
expressive
Artists however had a
tougher problem
Two artistic
expressions of Trinity: European and Asian
Others who tried to express the
trinity in the experiencial and redemptive work were more successful.
One excellent example is the Trinity a stained glass window of
David J
Hetland's in Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead, Minnesota,
