Early Trinitarian Quotes

It is often proclaimed that the Doctrine of the Trinity was created at the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325. This is a totally fallacious claim. Please note a small selection of Trinitarian quotes from the Ante-Nicene fathers.

“Do we not have one God and one Christ? Is there not one spirit of Grace poured out upon us? (Clement of Rome, A.D. 96)

“Who then would not be astonished to hear men called atheist who speak of God the Father, God the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and who declare both their power in union and their distinction in order? (Athenagoras, A.D. 175)

“We acknowledge a God, and a Son (His Logos), and a Holy Spirit. These are united in essence – the Father, the Son and the Spirit.” (Athenagoras, A.D. 175)

“The three days which were before the limunaries are types of the Triad God, His Word and His Wisdom.” (Theophilus, A.D. 180)

“I have also largely demonstrated that the Word, namely the Son, was always with the Father.” (Irenaeus, A.D. 180)

“The universal Father is one. The universal Word is one. And the Holy Spirit is one.” (Clement of Alexandria, A.D. 195)

“Thank the One only Father and Son, Son and Father. The Son is the instructor and teacher, along with the Holy Spirit. They are all in One, in whom is all, for whom all is One, for whom is eternity.” (Clement of Alexandria, A.D. 195)

“We pray at minimum not less then three times per day. For we are debtors to three: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” (Tertullian, A.D. 195)

“Who will not say that there is one God? Yet, he will not on that account deny the economy.” (Hippolytus, A.D. 205)

“If then the Word was with God and was also God, what follows? Would one say that I speak of two Gods? I will not indeed speak of two Gods, but of one. I speak of two persons, however, and of a third economy – the grace of the Holy Spirit…the economy of harmony is led back to one God. For God is one. The Father who commands, the Son who obeys and the Spirit who gives understanding.” (Hippolytus, A.D. 205 – Note, all citations via Bercot)