Chapter

The Processions

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/9780199582211.003.0005
The Processions

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In the Summa Theologiae, the very first question in the treatise on the Trinity is about the processions. This chapter shows that the role which the investigation of the processions plays is propaedeutic: it prepares the way for the study of relations, which in its turn prepares the way for us to think about the persons. That means that the analysis of the processions and relations will be seen to have been worth it when we reach the study of the persons. What is at stake in the question of the processions is assuring the bases of the theories of relation and person. But what kind of procession are we talking about? The tonality of the entire Trinitarian treatise comes from this question. St Thomas regards it as necessary for the disclosure of the properties and consubstantiality of the divine persons.

Keywords: St Thomas Aquinas; Summa Theologiae; Trinity; Trinitarian procession; divine person

Chapter.  14057 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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