Tertullian (A.D. 160-220)


Next to Augustine perhaps the greatest Western theologian of the patristic period. Tertullian was one of the first major Christian theologians to write in Latin (the language of Western theology) and authored many apologetic, theological and controversial works in defense of Christianity. Tertullian is often credited as being the first important theologian to use the term Trinity, describing God as “one substance in three persons.”

(From Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms by Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki and Cherith Fee Nordling)


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