Ben Nasmith discusses Richard Bauckham’s analysis of Jewish monotheism in relation to the doctrine of the Trinity. He hits the nail on the head when he writes, “divinity is an absolute category.” Exactly!
The great contribution of the Cappadocian Fathers was to liberate the Church, finally and definitively, from the Hellenistic ontology of subordination, thus allowing Christians to proclaim the equal divinity of the trinitarian persons (see “Nazianzen and Zizioulas on the Divine Processions“). In the words of St Gregory the Theologian: “When I say ‘God,’ I mean Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” (Or. 38.8).
Nasmith’s article (combined with his earlier articles on God) also illustrate some of the dangers in attempting to formulate the trinitarian doctrine with the Bible in one hand and a textbook of analytic philosophy in the other. But that is by the by. I’m enjoying reading his blog articles.