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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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Trinity and Revelation

Trinity and Revelation

(p.106) 5 Trinity and Revelation
The Theological Epistemology of Augustine's De Trinitate

Luigi Gioia

Oxford University Press

Augustine's doctrine of revelation is formulated through the divine attributes of invisibility (Augustine's equivalent for unknowability) and immutability. This approach gives to revelation a characteristically Trinitarian shape: only from his own side can the unknowable and immutable God make himself known ‘from his own side’, of course, means ‘in Christ through the Holy Spirit’. On the basis of the divine character of Christ's work of revelation and reconciliation through the Holy Spirit it emerges that God (the Father) can only be known and loved through God (the Son and the Holy Spirit) because he is unknowable and immutable; and that God the Father can really be known and loved through the Son and the Holy Spirit because the Three are inseparably and equally one God.

Keywords:   invisibility, unknowability, immutability, unknowable, immutable, revelation, reconciliation

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