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Scotus on Power and Perfection

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/9780199646371.003.0012

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Scotus on Power and Perfection

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Scotus also argues that Henry of Ghent’s theory of divine production is subordinationist. On Henry’s view, the personal properties are like forms, but since the personal properties are different in kind, it would seem to follow that the persons are different in kind too. Different kinds of things, however, cannot be equal in perfection, and that amounts to subordinationism. Scotus concludes, again, that the divine essence must be the form of the persons, for that makes them all the same in kind, so none will be subordinate to another. Scotus further points out that on his view, the Father (for instance) completely shares his form with the Son, and that just goes to show how perfect divine production really is. Creatures try to fully express their natures in their offspring, but they fail to do this so completely. Divine production, on the other hand, succeeds in this respect entirely.

Keywords: John Duns Scotus; subordinationism; power; perfection; production; form; adequate expression; divine essence; Trinity

Chapter.  5549 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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