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The Ethnic Trinities and their relations to the Christian trinity by Levi Paine 1901

A History of the Origin of the Doctrine of the Trinity by Hugh Stannus 1882

The Trinities of the Ancients - The Mythology of the first ages by Robert Mushet 1837

Origin of the Trinity-Justin Martyr-Plato, article in the Christian Examiner 1830

The Origin of the Trinity, article in the Morning Light 1883

The Nature and Origin of the Pagan Doctrine of the Trinity or Triads, article in the Presbyterian Review 1855

The Trinity Idea, article in The Open Court 1897

The Trinities of Non-Christian Religions, article in The Church quarterly review, 1922

The Doctrine of the Trinity Universal, article in The Panoplist 1806 (often hard to read)

Maurice on the Oriental Trinities, article in The British critic 1801

The Philosophy of the Hindu Trinity, article in Asiatic journal and monthly miscellany 1830

Some Account of the Origin and Progress of Trinitarian Theology by James Forrest 1853

A History of Christian Doctrine Volume 1 by William Shedd 1863

A History of Christian Doctrine Volume 2 by William Shedd 1863

An investigation of the Trinity of Plato and of Philo by C Morgan 1853

Pagan origin of Partialist doctrines by John Pitrat 1857

The Worlds Sixteen Crucified Saviors by Kersey Graves 1876

Ancient pagan and modern Christian symbolism by Thomas Inman 1884

Evolution- an exposition of Christian dogmas and Pagan Myths by P. J. Cooley 1871

Anacalypsis by Godfrey Higgins (The Christian Trinity Persian in its Origin) 1874

The Nature and Origin of the Pagan Doctrine of the Trinity, article in Southern Presbyterian review 1855 (very poor quality)

Egyptian Mythology and Egyptian Christianity, with their influence on the opinions of modern Christendom by Samuel 1863 (The Trinities)

Debate between Watts and Sexton in the Secular Review 1877

Conversion of Hinduism - Similarity between the Hindu and Christian Religion - Trinity Same in Both, article in Journal (Anthropological Society of Bombay)

Faith or fact by Henry Morehouse Taber - 1897 ("PROBABLY very few Christians are aware that the doctrine of the Trinity is a very ancient one; that it existed long before the birth of Christianity")

Christianity by Annie Besant 1893
"Thus we find that the cardinal doctrines and the ceremonies of Christianity are of purely Pagan origin, and that "Christianity" was in
existence long ages before Christ."

Bible Myths and their Parallels in other religions by Thomas William Doane 1882

Visual Representations of the Trinity by John Brainerd MacHarg 1917

Criticism on the Theological Idea of Deity Contrasting the views By M. B. Craven 1871

Pagan & Christian Creeds - their Origin and Meaning by Edward Carpenter 1921

A Treatise on the Character of Jesus Christ, and on the Trinity in unity of the Godhead; with quotations from the primitive fathers by Ethan Smith 1824

Antiquity unveiled. Ancient voices from the spirit realms disclose the most startling revelations, proving Christianity to be of heathen origin by Jonathan M. Roberts 1894

Romanism a Plagiarism of Paganism, article in Theological quarterly 1911

Illustrations of the Trinity, article in The Christian reformer 1846 (The Trinity sprang up in a heathen soil. It was imported into the Christian church by men who had been heathen philosophers. It led in process of time to very great aberrations from the simple and strict monotheism of the primitive church. If, as this volume professes briefly to shew, these are facts, then the Trinity was Christian neither in its origin nor in its effects.)

Is Christianity a failure by Fred Eddy 1922

The Doom of Dogma by Henry Frank 1911 ("But theologians are unwilling to admit that the doctrine had a pagan origin")

The Origin of the Doctrine of the Trinity, article in Morning Light 1883

An Exposition of the Mysteries or Religious Dogmas by John Fellows 1835

New Discoveries in the origin of Christianity by Emil Walter 1900

The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop 1862

The Metaphysic of Christianity and Buddhism: a symphony by Dawsonne Melanchthon Strong 1899 ("The splendid symbolism of the holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, three persons and one God, common to both Christianity and Buddhism, falls like the cloudy hangings of a gorgeous sunset between us and the unconditioned.)

Primitive Christianity and its non-Jewish sources by Carl Clemen 1912

Father, Son and Holy Ghost, article in The Freethinker 1900

History of the Doctrine of the Trinity, article in Christian Examiner 1846 (The Trinity sprang up in a Heathen soil. It was imported into the Christian Church by men who had been heathen philosophers. It led in process of time to very great aberrations from the simple and strict monotheism of the primitive church.) Poor quality scan

Isis and Osiris; Or, The Origin of Christianity by John Stuart Glennie 1878

A Chapter of Early Christian History, article in The Free thought magazine 1896

Christ and Other Masters: Religions of India By Charles Hardwick (Hindu Trinities or Triads) 1857

Paine on the Ethnic and Christian Trinities, article in Bibliotheca sacra 1902

Pagan Christs - studies in comparative hierology 1911 (In respect of the concept of a Trinity, as we have already seen, the parallel continues. By the admission of a Catholic theologian, the Gods AhuraMazda, Sraosha, and Mithra constitute an ostensible trinity closely analogous to that of the later Christists"

The Church of the First Three Centuries with Special Reference to the Doctrine of the Trinity Illustrating its Late Origin and Gradual Formation by Alvan Lamson 1860

The Creed of Constantine by Henry Tichenor 1916 (In order to produce the mysterious doctrine of the Trinity, holy men of God went for days without anything to eat or drink; they put pebbles in the soles of their boots and bristles..and briars under their shirts; they flagellated each other on their bare backs with whips of thorns; they lacerated their flesh with sharp stones; they slept on ash piles and never took a bath; and finally, under all this hungering and thirsting, blistering and scratching, flagellations and lacerations, sleepless nights and suffering days, they saw things. The doctrine of the Trinity is one of them.)

The significance of ancient religions in relation to human evolution by Ernest Reichardt 1912 ("Throughout the whole of the development of Oriental Paganism, at any rate in its higher phases, there runs this trinitarian conception of the deity")

Historic and Artistic Illustrations of the Trinity, article in the Quarterly journal of the American Unitarian Association 1858

Doctrine of the Trinity, article in the New era illustrated magazine ("The peoples at all times have generally represented their gods not as a multiplicity, but as a trinity...Moreover, the ancient statues, which have come down to us, are a witness to the fact that the idea of the triform gods and their combination as a triad is the common property of humanity, and entirely similar in character to the Christian trinity."

Lectures on the doctrines of Christianity by George Burnap 1848

Horae Solitariae - Essays upon some remarkable names and titles of Jesus Christ. Volume 1, by Ambrose Serle 1815

Horae Solitariae - Essays upon some remarkable names and titles of Jesus Christ. Volume 2, by Ambrose Serle 1784 (Martyr, Lerius, and Horne, who treated of the discovery and history of this vast continent, are cited by Witsius, to show that many circumstances of the Christian religion, and the doctrine of the Trinity in particular, were found among the Mexicans, Brazilians, and other nations, when the Europeans first came among them.)

The doctrine of the Trinity, founded neither on Scripture, nor on reason by William Hamilton Drummond 1831 (poor quality)

View of the Trinity: A Treatise on the Character of Jesus Christ by Ethan Smith 1824

The Evolution Of Theology In The Greek Philosophers by Edward Caird Volume 1 1904

The Evolution Of Theology In The Greek Philosophers by Edward Caird Volume 2 1904

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  1. From Book News 1902: ETHNIC TRINITIES AND THEIR RELATIONS TO THE CHRISTIAN TRINITY, THE. By Levi Leonard Paine. Professor Paine now extends the historical survey, which in his former book was restricted to Christianity, to the whole field of religious thought concerning God and his relations to mankind. The trinitarian idea is shown to be inwrought more or less fully in all world-religions, and this book traces the growth of the idea, especially in those religions in which it has been most developed—the Hindoo, the Zoroastrian, and the Greek. Careful consideration is given to Christianity as a world-religion and its providential mission as such. The book is a strong, fearless, reverent study of great religious questions.

  2. Is the Doctrine of the Trinity Part of Original Christianity? article in Current Literature 1905

    German theological circles have lately been agitated by a controversy that concerns the doctrine of the Trinity. The debate was started by representatives of the new and radical "historico-religious" school, who claim that this doctrine did not constitute a part of Christ's original teaching, but was introduced by later religious speculations, chiefly through Paul. The conservatives, on their side, lay stress on the baptismal command in Matthew (28:19) as proof absolute that Christ himself actually taught the doctrine. The Church historian of Giessen, Prof. Gustav Krtiger, has published a special work on the subject,* in which he argues as follows:

    The literary history of the baptismal command is by no means settled. The linking together of the words Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is found only in the passage in Matthew in the entire literature of Christianity up to the middle of the second century, a single exception in the "Teaching of the Twelve Apostles" being copied from Matthew. Mark and Luke contain no such command. The present conclusion of Mark, which is not even genuine, contains nothing Trinitarian. Indeed, there are excellent reasons for believing that originally the command in Matthew did not read as it does now. Up to the fourth century there are traces of a simpler form, according to which Christians were baptized only in the name of Christ.

    This would be in perfect agreement with the Apostolic practise of baptizing in the name of Christ only. Such was the method of Peter from the outset (see Acts 2, 38). That baptism and the reception of the Holy Spirit did not necessarily go together is clear from such passages as Acts 8. 16 and 10, 18. In Ephesus Paul baptizes only in the name of the Lord Jesus (Acts 19, 5); and his own words at the beginning of his Epistle to the Corinthians (1, 13) admit of no other interpretation. The same doctrine is clearly taught in Rom. 6, 31.

    The reason for baptism in the name of Christ becomes all the clearer when the significance of this formula is understood. Recent researches have shown that the Jews, who had believed strongly in the power of demons, came to believe that the name of God as such would have the power to heal diseases and effect other good results. In other words, the formula was used as a form of incantation and almost sorcery. Passages in the New Testament in which this spirit is reflected abound, e. g., Mark 16, 17-18; Luke 10, 17; Mark 9, 38-39; Mark 7, 22.

    That such incantation in the name of Jesus was common in the early church is attested by Justin Martyr, who declares, in his Apology, that the Christians of his day, merely by the appeal to the name of Jesus, expelled many demons, which other sorcerers and magic physicians had been unable to influence. The same church father, in his Dialogue with Trypho, says that through the name of Christ Christians had power to make the demons tremble.

    The old custom of baptizing in the name of Christ disappeared only slowly from the usages of the church. In the "Shepherd of Hermes," which dates from about 100 A. D., mention is repeatedly made of baptism in the one name, but there is not a trace of any baptism in the name of the Trinity. And even a century later lively discussions were carried on in the church as to whether baptism in the one name of Christ should be recognized by the church or not.

    At what time the enlarged formula of baptism in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, was introduced, it cannot be definitely determined; but probably it was about the period when the doctrine of the Trinity became the subject of debate in the churches. At any rate, it is more than probable that this Trinitarian formula is not a part of original Christianity, but a later development.