Trinitarian Theology from Alcuin to Anselm

Lauge O. Nielsen

in The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199557813
Published online January 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Trinitarian Theology from Alcuin to Anselm

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This article focuses on Trinitarian theology during the period from the late eighth century to the beginning of the twelfth century. It considers the works of Alcuin of York, Anselm of Canterbury, Gottschalk of Orbais, and John Scotus Eriugena. It explains that Alcuin's work on the undivided Trinity defended the Augustinian emphasis on the divine unity, whereas Eriugena drew on Greek Orthodox theology to emphasize the proper mode of action of the divine persons. Anselm relied upon the Augustinian image and defended the Filioque against Greek theologians.

Keywords: Trinitarian theology; Alcuin of York; Anselm of Canterbury; Gottschalk of Orbais; John Scotus Eriugena; undivided Trinity; divine unity; Greek Orthodox theology; divine persons; Filioque

Article.  6738 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity ; Philosophy of Religion

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