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On the Contours Of Mystery

Lewis Ayres

in Nicaea and its Legacy

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780198755067
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602788 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198755066.003.0012
On the Contours Of Mystery

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The first of three that offer a summary of the shared pro-Nicene theological culture. Begins by defining the author’s use of ‘culture’ and then sketches some of the fundamental shared principles in pro-Nicene Trinitarianism. God is one in nature, power, and activity while the three persons are irreducible. The persons act inseparably ad extra. God is distinct from the world, simple, and unique. The author argues, following David Burrell’s discussion of Aquinas, that simplicity here functions not as one among many divine attributes, but as a ‘formal feature’ defining the manner in which all attributes must be understood. The clarity of distinction between divine and created existence that follows forms the context for pro-Nicene understanding of analogy and of all attempts to distinguish persons and nature.

Keywords: analogy; Augustine; culture; Gregory Nazianzen; Gregory of Nyssa; persons and essence; simplicity; Trinity

Chapter.  13656 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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