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Does the Problem of Material Constitution Illuminate the Doctrine of the Trinity?

William Lane Craig

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/9780199216215.003.0015
Does the Problem of Material Constitution Illuminate the Doctrine of the Trinity?

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This chapter raises a variety of objections, perhaps the most important of which is that the central analogy of the constitution view seems to be misguided. The constitution view states that Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are related in a way analogous to the way in which things sharing the same matter in common are related. However, the chapter claims that the constitution view does not tell how seemingly mutually exclusive hylomorphic compounds can be numerically the same object.

Keywords: constitution view; hylomorphic compounds; material constitution; Trinity

Chapter.  5296 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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