Thinking Trinity: Homoousion as Dogma

Eclectic Orthodoxy

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.

One often runs into the complaint that the homoousion of Nicaea is a bit of philosophy imposed upon the biblical revelation. I would argue the exact opposite. The recognition of the oneness of being and agency of the Father and the Son was nothing less than a divinely inspired and definitive insight into the identity of Jesus Christ and his eternal relationship with God. Imagine if you will a group of mathematicians struggling over a specific problem, the blackboard filled with numbers and symbols, yet unable to figure out that one piece of “code” needed to make the equation work. And then suddenly, in a…

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4 Responses to Thinking Trinity: Homoousion as Dogma

  1. Charles Twombly says:

    Think my book Perichoresis and Personhood, especially chapter two, may have something useful to add here. (Al, I’m a long way from being able to do the perichoresis piece. May have to ask you to have a go at it.)

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  2. AR says:

    Yes: often the essential truth is not the thing you can reason toward, but the thing that enables reasoning.

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