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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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Love and Knowledge of God

Love and Knowledge of God

(p.170) 8 Love and Knowledge of God
The Theological Epistemology of Augustine's De Trinitate

Luigi Gioia

Oxford University Press

Book 8 of the De Trinitate deals with the proper way of formulating the epistemological issue: love, which is at the heart of Christ's Incarnation, mediation, and sacrifice, the property of the Holy Spirit, and the ‘content’ of inner‐Trinitarian life, also plays a crucial role in knowledge of God. The Trinity, object of faith, is ‘seen’ through love, i.e. the actual love for God and for our neighbour made possible by Christ's salvation and the gift of his Holy Spirit. From this acknowledgement, Augustine determines that the issue of knowledge of God can only be approached from the viewpoint of its actuality.

Keywords:   epistemological, Incarnation, mediation, sacrifice, Holy Spirit, knowledge, faith, gift

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