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Scholastic Reasons, Monastic Meditations and Victorine Conciliations: The Question of the Unity and Plurality of God in the Twelfth Century

Dominique Poirel

in The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199557813
Published online January 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199557813.003.0013

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Scholastic Reasons, Monastic Meditations and Victorine Conciliations: The Question of the Unity and Plurality of God in the Twelfth Century

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This article examines the thoughts of twelfth-century theologians in the West concerning the Trinity. It focuses on the works of Peter Abelard, Bernard of Clairvaux, Richard of St. Victor, and Peter Lombard. It explores the multiplication of models used to think about the Trinity. These include the triad power-wisdom-goodness, images in the human soul, traces in visible creation, and interpersonal love. It argues that despite the tensions at the beginning of the period, the efforts of the theologians led toward a richer doctrine, notably toward the theory of Trinitarian appropriations.

Keywords: Trinity; theologians; Peter Abelard; Bernard of Clairvaux; Richard of St. Victor; Peter Lombard; human soul; visible creation; interpersonal love; Trinitarian appropriations

Article.  6489 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion ; Christianity

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