Carl Trueman joins us to speak about Socinianism, a non-Trinitarian system of doctrine that arose out of the Radical Reformation and developed in Poland during the 16th and 17th centuries. It was named for the Italian uncle/nephew tandem of Lelio and Fausto Sozzini (Latin: Socinus). While the label is not commonly used in our current historical context, Socinianism developed into contemporary Unitarianism. The Socinian system of doctrine is summarized in The Racovian Catechism.

Dr. Carl Trueman is professor of biblical and religious studies at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania and the author of numerous books, including The Creedal Imperative. Along with Aimee Byrd and Todd Pruitt, he is a contributor to the Mortification of Spin podcast.

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4 months ago

worthwhile note from Schaff:

“All creeds are more or less imperfect and fallible. The Bible alone is the rule of faith (regula credendi), the norma normans, and claims divine and therefore absolute authority; the creed is a rule of public teaching (regula docendi), the norma normata, and has only ecclesiastical and therefore relative authority, which depends on the measure of its agreement with the Bible. Confessions may be improved (as the Apostles’ Creed is a gradual growth from the baptismal formula), or may be superseded by better ones with the increasing knowledge of the truth.”


Richard Morgan

3 months ago

Thanks for this. I am trying to do some research on Socinianism and Unitarianism (not modern-day Unitarianism which is nothing like Socinianism). As a non-trinitarian myself (I don’t find the concept of the Trinity anywhere in the Bible) I am intrigued by the intellectual heritage I have received, which is about letting Scripture interpret itself, and I think the Polish Brethren were adept at that. I don’t think Reformers like Calvin went far enough in leaving behind Catholic traditions and they should have let go of non-biblical ideas like the Trinity too.

Richard Morgan

3 months ago

I find your caricature of Sociniansm and their spiritual successors to be somewhat confusing. As a biblical unitarian myself I let scripture interpret itself, read it in context and apply sound hermeneutics. I don’t believe silly things like God having a body. It’s easy to knock something down if you paint it erroneously, but what you’re doing is just constructing a straw man.


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