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The Trinity in Theology and Philosophy: Why Jerusalem Should Work with Athens

Alan G. Padgett

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/9780199216215.003.0018
The Trinity in Theology and Philosophy: Why Jerusalem Should Work with Athens

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This chapter argues that theologians should take seriously and benefit from the work being done by analytic philosophers of religion. Against claims that proper appreciation of the transcendence of God should lead to the rejection of the quest for clarity, it argues that divine transcendence guarantees that full understanding of the divine nature is impossible, but it hardly guarantees that God cannot be understood at all. The chapter suggests that the theologians in Jerusalem should pay more attention to what the philosophers are up to in Athens when writing and thinking about the Triune God. The work of philosophers on the models of the Trinity is important but not central to the work of Christian doctrine.

Keywords: philosophers of religion; theologians; transcendence; Athens; Jerusalem

Chapter.  3334 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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