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:

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This concluding chapter foregrounds some of the features which our reading of the treatise has covered: the connection between economy and theology, the focus on the divine persons, especially the Holy Spirit, the key place given to relation, and lastly, the contemplative dimension of Trinitarian theology. The Summa's exposition of Trinitarian faith makes a close fit between immanent mystery and the workings of the economy. It comes up in every question, and this book's examination of the structure of the treatise showed why. The strategy of Trinitarian doctrine is to make this intimate alliance plain. As against the reductionist thesis that the economy is just the extension of the De Deo Uno, Thomas Aquinas taught that the Father creating the world through the Son and in the Spirit runs so deep that the Trinitarian processions are the cause, rationale, and exemplar of the world and its creatures, and of their return to God. He has a genuinely Trinitarian doctrine of action.

Keywords: St Thomas Aquinas; Summa Theologiae; Trinitarian theology; divine person; Holy Spirit; Trinitarian doctrine

Chapter.  3392 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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