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The Category of Communion

Paul M. Collins

in Trinitarian Theology: West and East

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780198270324
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683985 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270324.003.0007
The Category of Communion

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This chapter examines the question of being and the controlling concept of an event of communion in relation to the analysis of personhood. It assesses the category of communion in the context of the doctrine of the Trinity and looks at Karl Barth's ontological enterprise in the Church Dogmatics. This endeavour is pursued under three main headings: the ontology of relationality, hypostatic being, and relationality and being. The connections between personhood and the question of being are explored by looking at three major areas of Trinitarian doctrine: the understanding of the person of God the Father as the archē of the Godhead, and the asymmetric implications of this concept; the procession of the Holy Spirit, and the question of the Western understanding of this in terms of the filioque clause; and the understanding of the relations of the persons of the Trinity in terms of the concept of perichorēsis. The ontology of fellowship and the ontology of personhood are also considered.

Keywords: Karl Barth; Church Dogmatics; communion; being; personhood; Trinity; relationality; ontology; hypostatic being; God

Chapter.  17691 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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