Energies of the Spirit: Trinitarian Models in Eastern Orthodox and Western Theology

Energies of the Spirit: Trinitarian Models in Eastern Orthodox and Western Theology

by Duncan Reid
     
 

ISBN-10: 0788503456

ISBN-13: 9780788503450

Pub. Date: 01/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This book examines twentieth-century theological commentators (Brath, Rahner, Florovsky, Lossky) on the problem of the doctrine of energies in God. Counter to existing trends in western theology, the author gives a positive evaluation of this doctrine and seeks common ground between the eastern idea of essence and energies and the western identification of the

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This book examines twentieth-century theological commentators (Brath, Rahner, Florovsky, Lossky) on the problem of the doctrine of energies in God. Counter to existing trends in western theology, the author gives a positive evaluation of this doctrine and seeks common ground between the eastern idea of essence and energies and the western identification of the inner and economic trinity. Though written from a clearly western perspective, the book argues the coherence of the eastern position, and that underlying both eastern and western positions is a common intention to say that the encounter with God is real, and that the primary ontological distinction is between God and creation. This book was originally presented as the author's thesis (doctoral)—Universität Tubingen, 1992, under the title: Die Lehre von den ungeschaffenen Energien: Ihre Bedeutung fur die okumenische Theologie.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780788503450
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Series:
AAR Academy Series, #96
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
995,965
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
A Note on Language
Foreword
Introduction1
1Background to the Divergence Between the Identity Principle and the Doctrine of Energies7
2The Two Positions in Twentieth-Century Theology27
3Comparison of the Two Approaches55
4Critical Questions About the Doctrine of the Trinity67
5Critical Questions About the Doctrine of Creation93
6Critical Questions About the Doctrine of Grace113
7Different Concerns and Common Intentions in the Two Approaches121
Bibliography135
Index147

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