Trinitarian Personhood: Investigating the Implications of a Relational Definition

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The concept of the 'person' is a crucial yet elusive component in the development of Western thought. Few concepts are as replete with definitional difficulty. Equally important is the application of a proper definition to all major Christian doctrinal commonplaces. This work, recognizing the insufficiency of modern theology to offer a cogent concept of 'person', proposes a thorough historical and theological evaluation of Trinitarian personhood presented in three critical paradigm-shifts by which one can measure...

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Overview

The concept of the 'person' is a crucial yet elusive component in the development of Western thought. Few concepts are as replete with definitional difficulty. Equally important is the application of a proper definition to all major Christian doctrinal commonplaces. This work, recognizing the insufficiency of modern theology to offer a cogent concept of 'person', proposes a thorough historical and theological evaluation of Trinitarian personhood presented in three critical paradigm-shifts by which one can measure the development of the idea of true personhood presented. The three watershed eras of discernment of divine personhood presented are seen here as first, the Cappadocian position of the mutual indwelling (perichoresis) of the divine persons is contrasted with Augustine's view of the place of relations in defining divine persons. Second, the ideas of Richard of St. Victor whose caritas consummata and its relational implications met the nemesis of the Thomistic category of 'subsistent relations'. And last, as an example of this important discussion in modernity, the German, Heribert Möhlen's dynamic phenomenological approach to Triune personhood is offered as a means of countering the implicit modalisms of Barth and Rahner. If the personhood of God is in essence Being-in-Another then Christianity must apply that ontology to all sectors of reality to be fully Christian.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579108793
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

M. William Ury, Ph. D. is Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Wesley Biblical Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi where he has served since 1989. He received his doctorate in 1991 from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. His B.A. is from Asbury College and his M. Div. degree, begun at the Institute of Holy Land Studies on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem, Israel, was completed at Asbury Theological Seminary. Bill lives in Madison, MS with his wife, Diane and their four children.

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