The Divine Person(s): Trinity, Person, and Analogous Naming

Rudi A. Te Velde

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

The Divine Person(s): Trinity, Person, and Analogous Naming

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This article focuses on the analogous naming of divine persons and the notion of God as a personal being in the context of the doctrine of Trinity. It explores what it means to apply the notion of a person analogously to God, with particular attention to intra-Trinitarian relationship and to the creation of persons made for a relationship with each other and God. It cites the work of Thomas Aquinas to provide a better understanding of some of the worries around a personal God and to clarify how we can speak meaningfully of God being personal without necessarily succumbing to an anthropological projection.

Keywords: divine persons; Trinity; personal God; intra-Trinitarian relationship; Thomas Aquinas

Article.  6630 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion ; Christianity

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