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Toward a Tenable Social Trinitarianism

William Lane Craig

in Philosophical and Theological Essays on the Trinity

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199216215
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191695995 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216215.003.0005
Toward a Tenable Social Trinitarianism

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This chapter responds directly to Brian Leftow's criticisms by suggesting that the Triune God is composed of the divine persons in a way that is analogous to the way in which Cerberus, the three-headed watchdog of Hades in Greek mythology, might be composed of ‘three centers of consciousness’ while still being rightly counted as exactly one complete dog. In the case of the Trinity, there are two ways for something to be divine: one which guarantees that the thing is a God, and another which guarantees only that it is part of a God. In the Trinity, there are three centers of consciousness who are each fully divine in the second way, but who compose a being that is divine in the first way. Thus, three divine individuals compose exactly one God without themselves being Gods.

Keywords: Leftow; Cerberus; Triune God; Trinity; God; divine being

Chapter.  5589 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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