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Thomas' Exposition of Speculative Trinitarian Theology

Gilles Emery Op

in The Trinitarian Theology of Saint Thomas Aquinas

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582211
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702310 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582211.003.0003
Thomas' Exposition of Speculative Trinitarian Theology

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One cannot get a true idea of the Trinitarian teaching in Thomas' synthesizing texts without perceiving their animating intention. To read the treatise on the Trinity in the Summa Theologiae correctly, it is not enough to raise the question of the method and content of Trinitarian theology; one also has to answer the question: What does speculative study of the Trinity intend to achieve? This chapter begins by discussing the difference between scriptural exegesis and biblical theology. It then turns to the aim of speculative Trinitarian theology, covering the prerogatives of the faith, the rejection of rationalism, and understanding the faith.

Keywords: St Thomas Aquinas; Summa Theologiae; Trinitarian theology; faith; rationalism

Chapter.  8633 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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