Philosophical and Theological Essays on the Trinity

Hardcover | November 8, 2009

EditorTHOMAS MCCALL, Michael Rea

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Classical Christian orthodoxy insists that God is Triune: there is only one God, but there are three divine Persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - who are somehow of one substance with one another. But what does this doctrine mean? How can we coherently believe that there is only one Godif we also believe that there are three divine Persons? This problem, sometimes called the 'threeness-oneness problem' or the 'logical problem of the Trinity', is the focus of this interdisciplinary volume. Philosophical and Theological Essays on the Trinity includes a selection of the most important recent philosophical work on this topic, accompanied with a variety of compelling new essays by philosophers and theologians to further the discussion. The book is divided into four parts, the firstthree dealing in turn with the three most prominent models for understanding the relations between the Persons of the Trinity: Social Trinitarianism, Latin Trinitarianism, and Relative Trinitarianism. Each section includes essays by both proponents and critics of the relevant model. The volumeconcludes with a section containing essays by theologians reflecting on the current state of the debate.

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Classical Christian orthodoxy insists that God is Triune: there is only one God, but there are three divine Persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - who are somehow of one substance with one another. But what does this doctrine mean? How can we coherently believe that there is only one Godif we also believe that there are three divin...

Dr. Thomas McCall is Assistant Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Michael Rea is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pagesPublished:November 8, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Thomas McCall and Michael Rea: IntroductionPart I: Social Trinitarianism and Its Discontents2. Richard Swinburne: The Trinity3. William Hasker: Has a Trinitarian God Deceived Us?4. Brian Leftow: Anti-Social Trinitarianism5. William Lane Craig: Toward a Sensible Social Trinitarianism6. Daniel Howard-Snyder: Trinity Monotheism7. William Lane Craig: Another Glance at Trinity Monotheism8. Carl Mosser: Fully Social Trinitarianism9. Keith Yandell: How Many Times Does Three Go Into One?Part II: Latin Trinitarianism10. Brian Leftow: A Latin Trinity11. Richard Cross: Latin Trinitarianism: Some Conceptual and Historical ConsiderationsPart III: Relative Trinitarianism: Prospects and Problems12. Peter Van Inwagen: And Yet They are not Three Gods but One God13. Michael Rea: Relative Identity and the Doctrine of the Trinity14. Jeffrey Brower and Michael Rea: Material Constitution and the Trinity15. William Lane Craig: Does the Problem of Material Constitution Illuminate the Doctrine of the Trinity?16. Christopher Hughes: Defending the Consistency of the Doctrine of the Trinity17. Alexander R. Pruss: Brower and Rea's Constitution Account of the TrinityPart IV: The Threeness/Oneness Problem in Contemporary Theology18. Alan G. Padgett: The Trinity in Theology and Philosophy: Why Jerusalem Should Work with Athens19. Thomas McCall: Theologians, Philosophers, and the Doctrine of the Trinity