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The Kindness of God: Trinity and the Image of God in Julian of Norwich and Augustine

Janet Martin Soskice

in The Kindness of God

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780198269502
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683657 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269502.003.0008
The Kindness of God: Trinity and the Image of God in Julian of Norwich and Augustine

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This chapter examines two key texts, Augustine's De Triniate and Julian of Norwich's The Revelation of Divine Love, or Shewings, as it's sometimes called. The De Triniate is abstract and speculative, while the Shewings is a narrative that begins at what Julian believed to be her hour of death. The similarities between Julian and Augustine include the wedding of the doctrine of Trinity with that of imago Dei, and the recursive style. In the matter of content, both deal with the Trinity and with the peoples' union with the God of love. The chapter concludes that the main difference in their texts is partly a matter of tone. Augustine accepts that one can't dismiss his embodied life, while Julian suggests that one should rejoice in it. But both do so by similar means: by finding Christ, one can travel a path that leads to God.

Keywords: De Triniate; Shewings; Trinity; imago Dei; Julian of Norwich; Augustine; God

Chapter.  10736 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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