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God as Trinity

Michael J. McClymond and Gerald R. McDermott

in The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199791606
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932290 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791606.003.0013
God as Trinity

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The Trinity was central to Edwards's theology. More than most early modern Christian thinkers, Edwards delineated distinct roles for each of the three divine Persons. He departed from the Western Trinitarian tradition by rejecting its emphasis on divine simplicity and by starting with threeness rather than oneness. He also placed more emphasis on the Holy Spirit and put a new spin on the way the moral life relates to the Trinity by recasting moral life as divinization or theosis. Edwards provided resources for what could play something of a mediating role in the filioque debate between East and West. For him, Trinitarian doctrine was not for mere speculation but for the enjoyment and enrichment of God's people in the church.

Keywords: Trinity; divine persons; roles; simplicity; theosis; divinization; filioque

Chapter.  5965 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christian Theology

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