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Time and Trinity

Paul Helm

in Eternal God

Second edition

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199590391
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595516 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590391.003.0015
Time and Trinity

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This final chapter considers some puzzles raised by the postulation of causal relations between the persons in the dogma of the Trinity. The main discussion is a careful consideration of Swinburne's temporalist views. These are explained, particularly his distinction between ontological and metaphysical necessity. It seems that the account of causation he appeals to, an act of the Father's essence, must be non-temporalist, since otherwise there was a time when the Son was not, so imperilling his full divinity. Some paradoxical features of the account are discussed. An eternalist account of the Trinity is proposed, but a difficulty still seems to arise over the consistency of the generation of the Son and the procession of the Spirit with these persons' full divinity.

Keywords: Trinity; generation; procession; causation; ontological necessity; metaphysical necessity; divinity

Chapter.  6264 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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