Medieval Trinitarian Thought from Aquinas to Ockhamby Russell L. Friedman
Pub. Date: 08/22/2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
How can the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit be distinct and yet identical? Prompted by the doctrine of the divine Trinity, this question sparked centuries of lively debate. In the current context of renewed interest in Trinitarian theology, Russell L. Friedman provides the first survey of the scholastic discussion of the Trinity in the 100-year period stretching from Thomas Aquinas' earliest works to William Ockham's death. Tracing two central issues - the attempt to explain how the three persons are distinct from each other but identical as God, and the application to the Trinity of a 'psychological model', on which the Son is a mental word or concept, and the Holy Spirit is love - this volume offers a broad overview of Trinitarian thought in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, along with focused studies of the Trinitarian ideas of many of the period's most important theologians.
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Table of ContentsAcknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The Trinity and the Aristotelian categories: different ways of explaining identity and distinction; 2. The Trinity and human psychology: 'In the Beginning Was the Word'; 3. The Trinity and metaphysics: the formal distinction, divine simplicity, and the psychological model; 4. The Trinity, divine simplicity, and fideism - or: was Gilson right about the fourteenth century after all?; Appendix. Major elements in Franciscan and Dominican Trinitarian theologies; Bibliography of primary sources; Annotated bibliography of selected secondary literature; Index.
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