The Trinity

Constant J. Mews

in Abelard and Heloise

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780195156881
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835423 | DOI:

Series: Great Medieval Thinkers

 The Trinity

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The Trinity. This chapter examines Abelard’s first major writing about the divine Trinity, the Theologia ‘Summi boni’, written in 1119–20 and condemned as expounding heresy at the Council of Soissons in 1121. Abelard emphasizes the capacity of pagan philosophers to gain insight into the supreme good as much as prophets of the Old Testament. He applies his theory of language to words used about God to explain how Christians can speak of three divine persons as names given to signify different attributes of God, namely his power, wisdom and goodness.

Keywords: Abelard; Trinity; philosophers; prophets; heresy

Chapter.  10352 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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