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Medieval Trinitarian Theology from the Late Thirteenth to the Fifteenth Centuries

Russell L. Friedman

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/9780199557813.003.0015

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Medieval Trinitarian Theology from the Late Thirteenth to the Fifteenth Centuries

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This article examines Trinitarian theology during the period from around 1250 until around 1500. It outlines some of the major positions and identifies their most important adherents. It describes two distinct ways of talking about the constitution of the divine persons, one based on relations and the other on emanations. It discusses the contributions of John Duns Scotus and highlights two important fourteenth-century developments: the denial that the Trinitarian mystery can be explained in any significant sense and innovations in Trinitarian logic.

Keywords: Trinitarian theology; divine persons; relations; emanations; John Duns Scotus; Trinitarian mystery; Trinitarian logic

Article.  6384 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion ; Christianity ; History of Religion

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