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Perichoretic Trinity in Transcendence

Just how personal are the divine persons? We know that when the Eastern Church sought an appropriate vocabulary by which to distinguish the Father, Son, and Spirit from the divine substance, it finally settled on the impersonal word hypostasis, which … Continue reading

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St Gregory of Nyssa: The Grammatical Rules of the Trinity

“Transpose then to the divine dogmas the same principle of differentiation which you acknowledge with regard to substance and hypostasis in our affairs, and you will not go wrong” (EpPet. 3e). Well, I’ve been pretty good at basic grammar ever … Continue reading

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Father, Son, Spirit as Divine Selves

“Three selves, one being”—does it work as a trinitarian formula? Well, why not? It all depends on what we mean by the word “self.” Dale Tuggy defines self as a center of individual consciousness, volition, and agency—i.e., someone who is … Continue reading

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What if God were to post a selfie: one “self” or three “selves”?

The question may initially strike one as a tad odd—and not just because God doesn’t post on Facebook. The word “self” is not typically used to speak of the one God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Orthodox Christians … Continue reading

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William Hasker and Karen Kilby on the Social Trinity

I promised two weeks ago to link to part 2 of Dale Tuggy’s interview with William Hasker: Note how Hasker stumbles when pressed on the difference between the social Trinity and three gods. There’s a problem here that is created … Continue reading

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