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Henry of Ghent on Powers in the Godhead

JT Paasch

in Divine Production in Late Medieval Trinitarian Theology

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646371
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739293 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646371.003.0010

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Henry of Ghent on Powers in the Godhead

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Henry of Ghent maintains that although powers need to be based on something, they need not be based on change. The question, then, is this: what is the basis for the internal productive powers and activities that occur within the Godhead? In response, Henry claims that all divine productive powers and activities are ultimately based on the divine essence itself. However, in and of itself, the divine essence is indifferent to the various activities for which it is the source. Consequently, says Henry, what makes the divine essence the source of power for one activity rather than another is its connection with that particular activity. In Henry’s words, the divine essence is “determined” to one or another activity by its relationship with that activity.

Keywords: Henry of Ghent; power; action; relationships; basis; divine essence; production; divine essence; Trinity

Chapter.  4350 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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