William Penn (1644-1718), called the first great hero of American liberty, a Quaker, and a founding father in his own right, said some things that are relevant again in 21st century America, especially in the wake of several 2012 political election 'firsts' (FIRST electing of a President who openly advocates homosexuality & same-sex marriage, FIRST states approving same-sex marriage by popular vote, FIRST states voting to approve marijuana for recreational use, FIRST election of an openly homosexual female Senator):
In 1668 William Penn was imprisoned for writing a tract (The Sandy Foundation Shaken) which attacked the doctrine of the trinity.
"Let them first prove their Trinity (three distinct and separate Persons in one Essence) and then charge their Blasphemy," he wrote.
"God is not an Holy THREE, nor doth subsist in THREE distinct and separate Holy ONES. God only is that Holy ONE; he can't be divided into, or subsist in an Holy THREE, or THREE distinct and separate Holy ONES."
"Unless the Father, Son, & Spirit, are 3 distinct Nothings, they must be three distinct Substances, & consequently 3 distinct Gods."
Divine Persons in a Trinity would be "Three distinct Infinites, Three Omnipotents, Three Eternals, and so Three GODS."
He astutely noted, "[Trinity] was born above Three Hundred Years after the Ancient Gospel was declared."
"Conceived in Ignorance, brought forth & maintain'd by Cruelty..he that was strongest, impos'd his Opinion, persecuting the contrary."
"Neither was believ'd by the primitive Saints, or thus stated by any I have read of in the first, second, or third Centuries"
Perhaps the following sequence of verses would have helped him take the next step by understanding Jesus Christ is the only 'him' having all of the Godhead indwelling!!!
"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, 'All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.'"
"For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily."
"Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person"