Writing on Philo and John, In the beginning was the word, Daniel Boyarin demonstrates thoughts akin to hypostasis in Jewish Synagogue tradition prior to early Christian teaching on the Trinity. Available as pdf here. This makes the Trinity a little less like a triangular puzzle and a little more down to earth - where it belongs for the Christmas message Emmanuel, God with us, to be good news. Pray, folks. Use the psalms as your ' how-to' guide to prayer. Change is possible. Maybe Scrooge (the spirit of fear and self-protection) will change his mind again.