Sunday’s Spiritual Spin: Klatuu, Barada, Necktie…

sunday’s Spiritual Spin

I am thankful for the Trinity Knot. Looks like this and I think it’s pretty cool:

Of course, there is the obvious connection here, on a Sunday, for me, a Chaplain.

For those not of an orthodox Christian persuasion, the Trinity is a doctrine (teaching) about God and Who He is, based on the Scripture. The shortest explanation is: One God, Three Persons. Saint Patrick used the seamrag (Shamrock) as a picture. In the Bible, Jesus refers to Himself as The Son (of Man, usually) and always refers to God as His Father (one exception: on the cross, He says “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” but I digress). Both are described in term of divinity. There are also passages that refer to The Holy Spirit, also in terms of divinity. It’s called a mystery, because mere mortal minds cannot adequately describe God. But we do what we can.

It helps me to think of such doctrines/teachings like scientific theories. Doctrine:theology::theory:science–that is to say, doctrine is to theology what theory is to science–our best guess at accurately describing reality with the evidence we have available. Not always gonna work out, but hey, we keep at it.

Obviously, as a theologian (yes, I am a member of TA–Theologian’s Anonymous) this knot has a lot of meaning for me. And since it is a particularly unusual knot in a tie, I often get comments about it, which gives me all kinds of segues into topics I really like talking about: namely, God.



You can tie it such that, with a striped tie, or one with a stripe/pattern in it (like the one shown), you get three “rays” or “spokes” from the center point. That would look kind of like this.





Or you can tie it so that you get a triangle, kind of like this.

But as you might see, it really depends on exactly how carefully the knot is tied and the exact  pattern for the stripe.



OK, now that you’re interested, here’s a video/link to show you how it’s done.


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