Shameless heretic/heathen (depending on who you ask) here with very weird ideas regarding this whole thing. Don't take anything I say as being backed by anyone ever. This is not at all based on scripture or similar. It's just the ramblings of a mad man.>>2222
It has little scriptural basis because the early jews were concerned mostly with the father, being the one who actually talked to them and stuff. It's been widely accepted despite this because things don't really make any sense without it. Why did the all knowing, all perfect, being apologising for flooding the world?
I think maintaining the distinction of the trinity is very important towards an understanding of god. When you see the parts as seperate everything makes a lot more sense. Suddenly, the father is just another father. A flawed, finite being who's doing the best he can for his children and doesn't always get it right. The spirit is all powerful, all seeing, all loving and thoroughly unconcerned about anything that happens on this tiny ball of dirt at the unfashionable end of the milky way or anything else for that matter. It is mindless (sorta anyway). The reason it can be all loving, unlike us finite beings who hate on people who do things like call our name when they don't really need us, is that it does not judge at all. It loves the most despicable of men as much as the best of us because it cannot really tell the difference.>>2230
Emanationism has some sway in Jewish mysticism. From a simple reading of Kabbalah you get the idea that reality descends from God (kether) but that's just a very simple reading of things. Exactly how much kether=god or how much everything else emanates from that is something people could argue for hours about.