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Rereading Augustine's Theology of the Trinity

Michel René Barnes

in The Trinity

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780199246120
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600531 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199246122.003.0007
                      Rereading Augustine's Theology of the Trinity

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Michel René Barnes shows how Augustine's trinitarian theology is best understood as a progressive appropriation of ‘Nicene’ trinitarian theology, developed in polemical engagement with those who deny that Nicene faith. Barnes believes that Nicene trinitarian theology fundamentally equals the understanding that the three (persons) act together, and so are one in nature. Augustine's trinitarian theology has been misunderstood because — and to the degree that — it has been read within a presumed Neoplatonic context.

Keywords: Augustine; Barnes; Neoplatonic context; Nicene; one in nature; progressive; trinitarian theology

Chapter.  14139 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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