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Leibniz on the Trinity and the Incarnation: Reason and Revelation in the Seventeenth Century

Leibniz on the Trinity and the Incarnation: Reason and Revelation in the Seventeenth Century

by Maria Rosa Antognazza, Gerald Parks


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Throughout his long intellectual life, Leibniz penned his reflections on Christian theology, yet this wealth of material has never been systematically gathered or studied. This book addresses an important and central aspect of these neglected materials—Leibniz’s writings on two mysteries central to Christian thought, the Trinity and the Incarnation.

From Antognazza’s study emerges a portrait of a thinker surprisingly receptive to traditional Christian theology and profoundly committed to defending the legitimacy of truths beyond the full grasp of human reason. This view of Leibniz differs strikingly from traditional perceptions of the philosopher as a “hard” rationalist and quasi-deist. Antognazza also sets Leibniz’s writings in the context of the important theological controversies of his day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300100747
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 12/28/2007
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author

Maria Rosa Antognazza is reader in the philosophy of religion at King’s College London. She lives in Oxford, England. The late Gerald Parks was a retired university professor from the University of Trieste, Italy.

Table of Contents

Note on the English Edition     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     xiii
Early Writings (1663-1671)
Leibniz's Program: The Plan of Catholic Demonstrations     3
The Early Polemic against the Socinians     16
The Inquiry into the Mind     34
The Relation between Revelation and Knowledge     48
Fragments of a System (1672-1692)
The Conformity of Faith with Reason     67
Sola Scriptura? The Interpretation of the Scriptures and the Authority of Tradition     74
On the Triune God and On the Person of Christ     77
English Trinitarian Polemics (1693-1705)
Between Tritheism and Modalism     91
The Case of Freke: On the Mathematical Method in Theology     111
Stillingfleet versus Locke and Toland: On Clear and Distinct Ideas     120
The Last Years (1706-1716)
Islam, Kabbalah, and the Trinity: The Polemic Regarding the Historical Dissertations by M. V. de La Croze     137
The Socinians Again     150
The Curtain Call     161
List of Abbreviations     169
Notes     171
Bibliography     285
Index     309

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