TMST 7158 The Trinity in the Early Church (Spring: 3 )
An introduction to early Christian Trinitarian theology and its enduring pertinence to the Church’s worship of God as one and three, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Treating authors from Justin Martyr to John of Damascus, we explore the scriptural and philosophical features of, among other issues, the “Cappadocian solution,” the “psychological analogies” of Augustine, the roots of the filioque, and the challenge of Islam. We will consider the retrieval of patristic Trinitarian theology by recent authors, especially in light of debates on ontotheology, the immanent and the economic Trinity, and social analogies for divine perichoresis.
Instructor(s): Brian Dunkle, S.J.
Last Updated: 01-Mar-16