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The Patrological Problem

Robert W. Jenson

in Systematic Theology

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195145984
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848980 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195145984.003.0007
The Patrological Problem

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This chapter discusses solutions to a problem regarding the personal reality of the Trinity that is a sort of synthesis of the Eastern and Western positions on the oneness of God. The Eastern churches has located the oneness of God in the Father's monarchy, interpreting the oneness of God's being as constituted by the Father's sheer givenness as a person who is just as such the single source of all being, the being of Son and Spirit first and foundationally. The West has located the oneness of God in a posited utter simplicity of the divine ousia, reading also the relations by which the Father is arche of the Son and Spirit as constituted in that simplicity.

Keywords: personal reality; Trinity; Eastern; Western; oneness; God; ousia; arche

Chapter.  5348 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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