Metaphysics and the Tri-Personal God

Hardcover | September 1, 2013

byWilliam Hasker

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This is the first full-length study of the doctrine of the Trinity from the standpoint of analytic philosophical theology. William Hasker reviews the evidence concerning fourth-century pro-Nicene trinitarianism in the light of recent developments in the scholarship on this period, arguing forparticular interpretations of crucial concepts. He then reviews and criticizes recent work on the issue of the divine three-in-oneness, including systematic theologians such as Barth, Rahner, Moltmann, and Zizioulas, and analytic philosophers of religion such as Leftow, van Inwagen, Craig, andSwinburne. In the final part of the book he develops a carefully articulated social doctrine of the Trinity which is coherent, intelligible, and faithful to scripture and tradition.

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This is the first full-length study of the doctrine of the Trinity from the standpoint of analytic philosophical theology. William Hasker reviews the evidence concerning fourth-century pro-Nicene trinitarianism in the light of recent developments in the scholarship on this period, arguing forparticular interpretations of crucial concep...

William Hasker (Ph.D., University of Edinburgh), is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, where he taught from 1966 until 2000. His main interests in philosophy are philosophy of religion and philosophy of mind. He is the author of Metaphysics (1983), God, Time, and Knowledge (1989), The E...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:September 1, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart One: Trinitarian Foundations1. Prelude: Where are the Foundations?2. The 'New' Fourth Century3. The Divine Three: What is a 'Person'?4. Gregory of Nyssa and the Divine Persons5. Augustine and the Divine Persons6. The Divine Oneness: What is a 'Nature'?7. Interlude: Simplicity and Identity8. The Pro-Nicenes and the Divine Nature9. The Fathers, the Trinity, and Scripture10. Postlude: Are the Foundations Stable?Part Two: Trinitarian Options11. Surveying the Options12. Barth and Rahner: Persons as Modes of Being13. Moltmann and Zizioulas: Perichoresis and Communion14. Leftow: God Living Three Life-Streams15. Van Inwagen: The Trinity and Relative Identity16. B rower and Rea: Sameness in Number Without Identity17. Craig: A Soul with Multiple Sets of Faculties18. Swinburne: Created Divine Persons19. Yandell: The Trinity as a Complex Bearer of Properties20. What Have We Learned?Part Three: Trinitarian Construction21. Constructing the Doctrine of the Trinity22. Monotheism and Christology23. Each of the Persons is God24. The Divine Persons are Persons25. The Communion of the Persons26. The Relations of Origin27. The One Divine Nature28. Constitution and the Trinity29. The Grammar of the Trinity30. The Metaphysics of the Trinity