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A Latin Trinity<sup>*</sup>

Brian Leftow

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/9780199216215.003.0010
A Latin Trinity*

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This chapter defends a view labeled ‘Latin Trinitarianism’. In this view, there is but one divine substance, who is just God. Monotheism is preserved but the life of this one God is composed of three event-based persons who exist simultaneously. Thus the doctrine of the Trinity is preserved. The chapter appeals to the notion of ‘Locke-persons’ to help develop this view. A Locke-person is a person who exists when and only when a particular consciousness exists. It refers to these event-based persons as temporal parts of God. They are parts which add up to the life of the one God.

Keywords: Latin Trinitarianism; modalism; Locke-persons; monotheism

Chapter.  17168 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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