Tag Archives: De Trinitate

Genesis 3 as Psycho-Drama

Augustine famously argued that the “fall narrative” of Genesis 3, while depicting a real historical event, was also a figure of the rational soul’s disordered relation, through the imagination, to the sensible world. The story depicts how reason (Adam) is seduced … Continue reading

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Spinoza, Platonist?

Spinoza notoriously argues that there is only (and could only be) one substance (Ethics 1p14), “God or nature” (1p29s) and everything else, including human persons, is just a “modification” of the attributes of God (2p10). But he has a very high bar for … Continue reading

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The stars are angels

“…Nec sicut cogitantur Angeli mundi spiritus caelestia corpora inspirantes, atque ad arbitrium quo serviunt Deo mutantes atque versantes…” “Nor as the Angels of the world are thought, spirits inspiring the heavenly bodies, and by the the will by which they … Continue reading

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The Word our model

“Nous autres, au contraire, peniblement nous imitons un modele qui ne change pas, nous suivons un guide qui ne bouge pas, et, marchant en lui, nous tendons vers lui, car il nous a ete donne dans son humilite comme une … Continue reading

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Vestigia Trinitatis

“Oportet igitur ut Creatorem, per ea quae facta sunt, intellectum conspicientes (Rom. 1:20), Trinitatem intelligamus, cuius in creatura, quomodo dignum est, apparet vestigium. In illa enim Trinitate summa origo est rerum omnium, et perfectissima pulchritudo, et beatissima delectatio.” “Thus it … Continue reading

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Specifying the object of divine attributes

Augustine puzzles at length over a difficult question: if, as 1 Cor. 1.24 says, “Christ is the wisdom of God and the power of God,” then how are we to predicate wisdom and power of the Father? Is he wise … Continue reading

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God’s simplicity and immateriality

De Trin. VI.6.8 is a hugely important exposition of the basic logic behind affirming God’s simplicity and immateriality: En premier lieu, tout corps est composé de parties, de telle sorte que l’une est plus grande, l’autre plus petite, et que … Continue reading

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