A Trinitarian Theology of 'Family'

Ian Coutts

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‘The family’ and family life have long been regarded as an area of
interest to Christianity, at least since Luther and the Reformation. Some theologians, historians, and sociologists have argued that Christianity has had a role in shaping the Western family. Despite this, there has been very little theological investigation of 'family'. Feminists and other have critiqued the powerful concept of 'family' as an ideological, political, historical, and cultural construct. Despite the arguable significance of the subject, 'family' has not featured highly in any academic discipline.

The re-emergence of trinitarian theology has led to a reconsideration of Christian anthropology, specifically of the idea of 'persons in relation'. There have only been a few, limited, attempts to extend this theological anthropological to the 'family' This is an understandably vexed area, due to the critiques of 'family', the current debate about the so-called 'social Trinity', and the particularly high risk of anthropomorphic projection in this specific arena.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Thomson, Heather, Principal Supervisor
Award date04 Nov 2015
Place of PublicationAustralia
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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