Simplicity and trinity

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Abstract

This essay has two aims. The first is to draw attention to the significance of what Katherine Sonderegger is doing in her doctrine of God, both in the essay presented in this volume, and in her Systematic Theology, volume one. This is done by means of a contrast with an influential essay by Colin Gunton that suggests itself because of Sonderegger's arresting reflections on the angel Gabriel. The second aim of this essay is to explore a little further Sonderegger's suggestion that a robust, metaphysical account of divine simplicity opens up to the doctrine of the Trinity, rather than constricting it. This second aim is pursued by describing some connections between the doctrines of God's simplicity and triunity in Thomas Aquinas's thought. It concludes by indicating the potential constructive value of an area of Augustine's thought dismissed by Gunton and not stressed by Sonderegger the so-called psychological analogy.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Pages (from-to)31-43
Number of pages13
JournalSt. Mark's review: A journal of Christian thought and opinion
Volume250
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

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