And Yet They Are Not Three Gods But One God

Peter van Inwagen

in Philosophical and Theological Essays on the Trinity

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199216215
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191695995 | DOI:
And Yet They Are Not Three Gods But One God

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This chapter describes a logic of relative sameness within which the doctrine of Trinity is both statable and provably consistent. It explores one way of replying to the charge that Christians are either simple polytheists or else polytheists and monotheists at the same time. It explicitly rejects the supposed examples of nontheological cases of relative identity. It does not commit to a pure doctrine of relative identity, nor to the view that the logic it constructs has utility outside of Christian theology. Its goal is simply to provide a way of stating the doctrine of the Trinity that is demonstrably free from contradiction.

Keywords: relative identity; Trinity; Christian theology; sameness; logic

Chapter.  16942 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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