Latin Trinitarianism: Some Conceptual and Historical Considerations

Richard Cross

in Philosophical and Theological Essays on the Trinity

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199216215
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191695995 | DOI:
Latin Trinitarianism: Some Conceptual and Historical Considerations

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This chapter explores some relevant historical considerations, arguing that the differences between Latin and Greek thought on the Trinity are not nearly as stark as they have often been thought. On this view, the salient feature of Latin Trinitarianism is that the only features of the divine persons that distinguish them from each other are their mutual relations. It argues that this is a view that was endorsed by Gregory of Nyssa, whose views are normally regarded as the paradigm historical example of Greek Trinitarianism. The chapter presents an account of Latin Trinitarianism, as understood by Leftow, along with some preliminary comments on Gregory's Trinitarianism. It then considers Gregory's views in more detail, focusing on Contra Eunomium, where Gregory makes explicit some of his crucial beliefs about divine simplicity in relation to the Trinity.

Keywords: Gregory of Nyssa; Gregory's Trinitarianism; Latin Trinitarianism; Contra Eunomium; Leftow

Chapter.  7577 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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