Tribulation: A period of seven years of great misery and death
when God pours out his hatred on humans. It is described in Revelation 14:9-16.
Trichotomy: The belief that a person is composed of three parts:
body, soul and spirit. An opposing belief, also justified by reference to
biblical passages is Dichotomy: In the field of religion, this is the concept that a person is made up of a body and
a soul, or of a body and a spirit.
Native American spirituality, a trickster is a mythical hero who teaches
culture, proper behavior and provides sustenance to the tribe.
Tridentine: Latin for "of Trent:" A Roman Catholic term
pertaining to the Council of Trent, held between 1545 and 1563 CE.
The Christian belief that deity is simultaneously a unity and is
composed of three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As the ancient
Athanasian Creed is worded, the Trinity is "one God" and "three
persons... and yet they are not three Gods, but one God." Extensive debate about the nature
of God and of Jesus split the Christian movement during the early centuries of the Church until this concept
was forced on the church by the Emperor Constantine.
The Hindu belief that Brahman is simultaneously visualized as
a unity, and as a trinity composed of: Brahma the Creator, Vishnu,
(Krishna) the Preserver, and Shiva the destroyer.
The belief among many Neopagans that the Goddess exists as a
trinity, composed of Maiden, Mother and Crone, representing energy
and sexuality, fertility, and wisdom.
Trinity, Economic: Christian concepts of how God has revealed
himself to humanity.
Trinity, Ontological: Christian concepts of how the three persons
in the Trinity relate to each other.
Tritheism: The belief in the existence of three deities. This
is one form of polytheism. A small minority of Christians believe that
God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are three different entities, or that God and
Jesus are separate and the Holy Spirit is a type of force.
A short phrase sung by a choir during a religious service to backup
words being spoken.
A figure of speech in which words are not used in their literal
sense; examples include a metaphor, simile, allegory, irony, etc.
"Turn or Burn:" An expression used by some religious conservatives to recommend that a person with a homosexual orientation change their sexual orientation, -- or perhaps become celibate -- to avoid spending eternity burning in Hell after they die. The expression is based on a conservative interpretation of the greek word "arsenokoitai" in 1st Corinthians 6:9-10. Practical experience and research has shown that in adulthood, changing one's sexual orientation is impossible, or nearly so.