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Philosophical and Theological Essays on the Trinity

Thomas McCall and Michael Rea


Classical Christian orthodoxy insists that God is Triune: there is only one God, but there are three divine Persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — who are somehow of one substance with one another. But what does this doctrine mean? How can we coherently believe that there is only one God if we also believe that there are three divine Persons? This problem, sometimes called the ‘threeness-oneness problem’ or the ‘logical problem of the Trinity’, is the focus of this interdisciplinary volume. It includes a selection of recent philosophical work on this topic, accompanied by a variety of essays ... More

Keywords: Christian orthodoxy, God, Father, Son, Holy Spirit, three divine Persons, threeness-oneness problem, Trinity, logical problem, Social Trinitarianism

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199216215
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216215.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas McCall, editor
Assistant Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Michael Rea, editor
Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
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1 Introduction

Thomas McCall, and Michael C. Rea

Part I Social Trinitarianism and its Discontents

2 The Trinity

Richard Swinburne

6 Trinity Monotheism

Daniel Howard-Snyder

Part II Latin Trinitarianism

10 A Latin Trinity*

Brian Leftow

Part III Relative Trinitarianism: Prospects and Problems

14 Material Constitution and the Trinity

Jeffrey E. Brower, and Michael C. Rea

Part IV The Threeness/Oneness Problem in Contemporary Theology

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