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Defending the Consistency of the Doctrine of the Trinity<sup>‪</sup>

Christopher Hughes

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/9780199216215.003.0016
Defending the Consistency of the Doctrine of the Trinity‪

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This chapter surveys a variety of different views, but focuses the majority of its critical attention on relative identity solutions. It considers four different strategies for defending the consistency of the doctrine of the Trinity. The first of the strategies is logically conservative, in that it does not depart from any of the assumptions philosophical logicians typically make about identity, sameness, and counting. By bringing out problems for the first strategy, it aims to motivate consideration of two nonconservative strategies. However, it argues that both nonconservative strategies are problematic. It concludes with a consideration and partial defence of a fourth strategy which, in spite of resembling the third strategy in certain ways, is logically conservative.

Keywords: relative identity; nonconservative strategies; Trinity; conservative

Chapter.  11509 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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