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Divine Production in Late Medieval Trinitarian Theology

JT Paasch

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646371
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739293 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646371.001.0001

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Divine Production in Late Medieval Trinitarian Theology

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According to the doctrine of the Trinity, the Father, Son, and Spirit are supposed to be distinct from each other, and yet be one and the same God. As if that were not perplexing enough, there is also supposed to be an internal process of production that gives rise to the Son and Spirit: the Son is said to be “begotten” by the Father, while the Spirit is said to “proceed” either from the Father and the Son together, or from the Father, but through the Son. One might wonder, though, just how this sort of divine production is supposed to work. Does the Father, for instance, fashion the Son out of materials, or does he conjure up the Son out of nothing? Is there a middle ground one could take here, or is the whole idea of divine production just flat out unintelligible? In the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries, scholastic theologians subjected these questions to detailed philosophical analysis, and those discussions make up one of the most important, and one of the most neglected, aspects of late medieval Trinitarian theology. This book examines the central ideas and arguments that defined this debate, namely those of Henry of Ghent, John Duns Scotus, and William Ockham. Their discussions are significant not only for the history of Trinitarian theology, but also for the history of philosophy, especially regarding the notions of production and causal powers.

Keywords: Trinity; medieval theology; medieval philosophy; Henry of Ghent; John Duns Scotus; William Ockham; divine production; causal powers

Book.  217 pages. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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Henry of Ghent in Divine Production in Late Medieval Trinitarian Theology

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Scotus against Henry in Divine Production in Late Medieval Trinitarian Theology

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Scotus on the Son’s Production in Divine Production in Late Medieval Trinitarian Theology

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Ockham against Scotus in Divine Production in Late Medieval Trinitarian Theology

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Ockham against Henry in Divine Production in Late Medieval Trinitarian Theology

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Action and Producers in Divine Production in Late Medieval Trinitarian Theology

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Henry of Ghent on Powers in Divine Production in Late Medieval Trinitarian Theology

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Henry of Ghent on Powers in the Godhead in Divine Production in Late Medieval Trinitarian Theology

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