Fully Social Trinitarianism

Carl Mosser

in Philosophical and Theological Essays on the Trinity

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199216215
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191695995 | DOI:
Fully Social Trinitarianism

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This chapter examines Carl Mosser's criticisms of Social Trinitarianism, looking at three traits that he takes to characterize most, if not all versions of Social Trinitarianism: appeal for precedent to a simple story about the development of trinitarian theology; insistence that the members of the Trinity are persons in the ‘full’, modern sense who relate to one another in community; and a particular way of substantiating the claim about personhood from scripture. The chapter first argues that the ‘simple story’ about the development of Trinitarian theology is false. It then goes on to argue that the claim of full personhood and social community for the members of the Trinity is deeply problematic, as is the Biblical hermeneutic commonly marshaled in defense of Social Trinitarianism.

Keywords: Carl Mosser; simple story; personhood; community; Trinitarian theology

Chapter.  10014 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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