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The Theological Epistemology of Augustine's De Trinitate$
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Luigi Gioia

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199553464

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553464.001.0001

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Augustine and his Critics

Augustine and his Critics

(p.6) 1 Augustine and his Critics
The Theological Epistemology of Augustine's De Trinitate

Luigi Gioia

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a selective analysis of commentators who argue for anagogical or analogical interpretations of the dynamics of the De Trinitate, mainly Olivier Du Roy and Karl Barth. Other commentators (especially Karl Rahner), who trace the alleged modalistic bent of Western Trinitarian theology back to Augustine and attribute to him the opposition between the prominence given to the philosophy of the essence in the West versus the apophatic or ‘communional’ approach of the East, are then considered. Finally, the review of secondary literature examines ways of preventing ‘proto‐Cartesian’ readings of the De Trinitate through alternative more accurate examinations of the anthropology and the Christology of the treatise (Rowan Williams and Lewis Ayres).

Keywords:   anagogy, analogy, Olivier Du Roy, Karl Barth, Karl Rahner, modalism, Cartesian, Rowan Williams, Lewis Ayres

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