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How Many Times Does Three Go Into One?

Keith Yandell

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/9780199216215.003.0009
How Many Times Does Three Go Into One?

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This chapter argues that when armed with the right understanding of the concepts of simplicity and complexity, one can conclude that the Triune God is a complex being who can be called simple when not composed of parts, but not simple when there is a lack of complexity. It holds that God is a Trinity of persons who are conscious rational agents, and it is logically impossible that any Trinitarian person exist in the absence of any other Trinitarian person. Thus there is one God who is complex (though not composite), and three divine persons who are numerically distinct from one another though logically inseparable.

Keywords: Triune God; oneness; complexity; simplicity; Trinitarian person

Chapter.  9497 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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