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Divine Substance

Christopher Stead


This book reviews the concept of substance as developed by ancient Greek philosophers, especially by Aristotle. It also considers how, when, and in what degree this concept affected the doctrine of God developed by Christian writers of the first four centuries ad and especially the Trinitarian concept of one God in three persons. This book deals with the notions expressed by the Greek word ousia and by other closely related terms which came to be rendered in Latin by substantia. The book makes clear that the English word ‘substance’ is not an exact equivalent of ousia. This is not a purely his ... More

Keywords: substance, Greek philosophers, Aristotle, God, Christian writers, Trinitarian concept, one God, ousia, substantia, being

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1977 Print ISBN-13: 9780198266303
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266303.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Stead, author