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Divine Substance

Christopher Stead

Published in print June 1977 | ISBN: 9780198266303
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683015 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266303.001.0001
Divine Substance

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This book reviews the concept of substance as developed by ancient Greek philosophers, especially by Aristotle. It also considers how, when, and in what degree this concept affected the doctrine of God developed by Christian writers of the first four centuries ad and especially the Trinitarian concept of one God in three persons. This book deals with the notions expressed by the Greek word ousia and by other closely related terms which came to be rendered in Latin by substantia. The book makes clear that the English word ‘substance’ is not an exact equivalent of ousia. This is not a purely historical study, in fact it gives serious attention to the logical problems presented by terms such as ‘being’, ‘identity’, and ‘unity’. The book aims to clarify such problems and also commend them to the attention of Christian theologians.

Keywords: substance; Greek philosophers; Aristotle; God; Christian writers; Trinitarian concept; one God; ousia; substantia; being

Book.  332 pages. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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A Conceptual Framework in Divine Substance

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Plato in Divine Substance

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Aristotle and the Unity of God in Divine Substance

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Substance After Aristotle in Divine Substance

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The Word <i>Ousia</i> in late Antiquity in Divine Substance

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God’s Substance in Theological Tradition in Divine Substance

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The Word <i>Homoousios</i> in Divine Substance

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Nicaea in Divine Substance

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Conclusion in Divine Substance

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