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Recent Developments in Trinitarian Theology

An International Symposium

edited by Christophe Chalamet and Marc Vial

Publication Year: 2014

Recent Developments in Trinitarian Theology explores the major renaissance that Trinitarian theology has undergone in recent decades. Remarkably, all the main Christian denominations have participated in this, and contemporary Trinitarian theology is a discussion that often crosses over confessional boundaries.

English-language theology plays an important role in the renewal of Trinitarian theology and that role is the focus of this symposium. Its purpose is twofold: to gather in an international setting leading thinkers to present the major developments in Trinitarian theology and to show how Trinitarian theology can contribute to new thinking in several contemporary systematic and critical fields, including political theology and the theology of religions.

Includes contributions by Karen Kilby, Gavin D’Costa, Aristotle Papanikolaou, Christoph Schwöbel, Christophe Chalamet, Mathias Hassenfratz-Coffinet, and Marc Vial.

Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. v-

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Introduction

Christophe Chalamet and Marc Vial

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pp. 1-8

The doctrine of the Trinity has been enjoying a striking “revival” for several decades. Any eighteenth- or nineteenth-century theologian would probably be astonished if she or he could witness all of the recent publications on this topic. Things looked very different back then. According to Immanuel Kant...

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1. Where Do We Stand in Trinitarian Theology?

Christoph Schwöbel

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pp. 9-72

Twenty years ago, I wrote a brief introduction to a volume of essays entitled Trinitarian Theology Today: Essays on Divine Being and Act, under the heading “The Renaissance of Trinitarian Theology: Reasons, Problems and Tasks.”1 The book is a collection of papers, originally delivered at the first international...

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2. Trinity, Tradition, and Politics

Karen Kilby

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pp. 73-86

A great deal has been written about the Trinity in recent decades. Much of the language used to describe this mass of publication—a flourishing, a flowering, a revival, or a “renaissance”—has distinctly positive connotations, for most of those writing about the phenomenon, or writing from within it, see the...

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3. The Necessity for Theologia

Aristotle Papanikolaou

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pp. 87-106

In this essay, I will discuss the three most dominant trajectories of trinitarian theology in contemporary Orthodox theology: the apophaticism of Vladimir Lossky, the communion models of John Zizioulas and Dumitru Stăniloae, and the sophiology of Sergius Bulgakov. While none of these thinkers are...

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4. The Trinity and the World Religions

Gavin D’Costa

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pp. 107-126

The doctrine of the Trinity performs many tasks in Christian theology. For instance, it allows us to name God as Father who is revealed in Jesus Christ, through the power of the Spirit, so that our God-talk can refer analogically to the divine mystery. This is most significant as we turn to the question...

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5. Colin Gunton on the Trinity and the Divine Attributes

Marc Vial

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pp. 127-140

The aim of this essay is not to offer a general presentation of the theology of Colin E. Gunton, who was born in 1941 and was a prominent theologian until his untimely death in 2003. Such an overview can be read elsewhere.1 As I was working on the theme of God’s almightiness, assuming that the treatment...

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6. God’s “Liveliness” in Robert W. Jenson’s Trinitarian Thought

Christophe Chalamet

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pp. 141-152

Robert W. Jenson is a major figure in anglophone contemporary theology. Whether one agrees with him or not, ignoring him is not an option. Born in 1930 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, to a Lutheran family, he embarked on the study of theology at Luther College, in Decorah, Iowa, in 1947, before...

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7. Social Trinity

Mathias Hassenfratz-Coffinet

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pp. 153-166

This essay focuses on the theme of the Trinity, conceived metaphysically, in Joseph Bracken’s thought. Bracken is among the people who, when thinking about God, are not interested in debates about nature, essence, or substance. A key influence on his thought is Alfred North Whitehead’s metaphysics, which...

List of Contributors

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pp. 167-168

Index

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pp. 169-171

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9781451487480
E-ISBN-10: 1451487487
Print-ISBN-13: 9781451470406
Print-ISBN-10: 1451470401

Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2014