Johann Maurer, commenting on a post by Alice, referred us to a link to William Penn's refutation of accusations of heresy against Quakers with this beautiful statement, about the Trinity in particular, but generally true of most accusations of heresy:
The Holy Three. I found most apropos the following short and succinct statement:
"Perversion 9: The Quakers deny the Trinity.
Principle: Nothing less. They believe in the holy three, or Trinity of Father, Word, and Spirit, according to Scripture. And that these things are truly and properly one; of one nature as well as will. But they are tender of quitting Scripture terms and phrases for schoolmen's"
This describes very clearly my own view of the Trinity: a beautiful image, but terrible dogma. When these "schoolmen's" "terms and phrases", are made tests of faith this "tends little to godliness and less to peace."
The old boy really knew how to 'tell it right'. The Trinity has led to all sorts of 'unpeace', culminating in the execution of Michael Servetus in Calvin's Geneva for being unable to 'believe' it.
God deliver us from those who are willing to kill because of creeds.