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Missions

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/9780199582211.003.0016
Missions

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The mission of the divine persons has raised more problems and outstanding disagreements within Trinitarian theology than any other topic. One can easily see why it has exercised a deep magnetism and caused tremendous controversy: the heart of St Thomas' spiritual teaching is in this question. This chapter presents the context and format of this question, and then explains the idea of the mission, the sending of the Son and the Holy Spirit into the spirits of the saints, the divine person' indwelling and the experiences to which it gives rise, the growth of the divine image within human beings, and then the ‘visible’ missions of Son and Spirit.

Keywords: St Thomas Aquinas; Summa Theologiae; divine mission; Son; Holy Spirit; divine person

Chapter.  28207 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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