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The Trinity and Politics

Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt

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/9780199557813.003.0040

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

The Trinity and Politics

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This article explores the relation between politics and the doctrine of the Trinity. It describes the works of twentieth-century theologians who brought together the Trinity and politics in order to show what such a conjunction can and cannot do. It criticizes social Trinitarianism on the grounds that it grants too much to Immanuel Kant's reduction of religion to the sphere of practical reason and shows that the true political relevance of the doctrine of the Trinity consists in the fruitfulness of our participation in the Trinitarian life of God as it is revealed to us.

Keywords: politics; Trinity; social Trinitarianism; Immanuel Kant; reduction of religion; Trinitarian life

Article.  7035 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion ; Christianity ; Religious Studies

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