Morally Perfect Being Theology: A Doctrine of Divine Humility

Matthew Wilcoxen

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The question facing contemporary theology is not, as has often been thought,
a question of whether it can speak of God’s being but, rather, how best to do
so. What is needed in the Christian doctrine of God is a way to express the
integrity of God’s metaphysical and moral attributes, and between God’s
being in se and pro nobis—a “morally perfect being theology” is needed. In
this thesis I argue that humility, when rightly defined, provides a compelling
and coherent way forward. To make this case, I analyse and evaluate the ways
humility is applied to God by three theologians: St. Augustine, Karl Barth,
and Katherine Sonderegger. In critical dialogue with these innovative
thinkers, I sketch a doctrine of divine humility within the wider constellation
of Christological and Trinitarian concerns in the doctrine of God, one that
will contribute to important ongoing debates in Christian theology.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Myers, Benjamin, Principal Supervisor
  • Moore, Gerard, Principal Supervisor
Award date01 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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