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Trinitarian Faith Seeking Transformative Understanding

F. LeRon Shults

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780199543656
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199543656.003.0030

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Trinitarian Faith Seeking Transformative Understanding

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This article argues that integrative developments in late modern philosophy of science and the broader return to the hermeneutical significance of the category of relationality have opened up conceptual space for the renewal of a trinitarian faith that seeks transformative understanding as it engages in the discourse among the fields of contemporary science. First, it shows the connection between two disintegrating tendencies in the early modern period: the separation of the doctrine of the Trinity from ‘scientific’ discourse, and the compartmentalization of faith and reason. Second, the article explores some of the integrative developments in late modern epistemology that contribute to overcoming these dichotomies. Third, it re-examines the intuitions behind the call for ‘faith seeking understanding’ as it developed in the stream of the Western tradition that flowed through Augustine and Anselm.

Keywords: trinitarian reflection; philosophy of science; relationality; contemporary science; Trinity; Anselm; Augustine

Article.  6935 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religion and Science ; Christianity

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