Tag Archives: Subsistent relations

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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Lover, Beloved, Love

There are, writes Augustine, these three alone in God (De Trin. VI.5.7).  

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Divine Unity and the Son’s Equality

The Son must be equal to the Father, Augustine reasons, because of the unity of God’s attributes, all of which are convertible with one another, and with the absolute simplicity of his being as such: so, to be the Power … Continue reading

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The equality of Father and Son

This is a neat argument: How could the Father be greater than the Son, except by his greatness? But the Son is the greatness of God, just as he is the Wisdom and the Power of God. So the greatness … Continue reading

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Filioque — De Trinitate

“Si donc l’Esprit-Saint qui est donné, a pour principe celui qui le donne, parce qu’il ne procède que de lui, il faut avouer qu’à l’égard de ce divin Esprit le Père et le Fils sont un seul et unique principe, … Continue reading

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The “Patrological Problem”

That phrase is from Jenson, but Augustine captures it nicely here: “Mais on ne peut donner à la Trinité entière le nom de Père, si ce n’est peut-être dans un sens relatif aux créatures et à cause de notre adoption … Continue reading

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Arian chicanery

That’s Augustine’s term for the following argument: Granted that there’s no absolute opposition between the Father/Son pairing, that still doesn’t resolve the tension between the Father’s un-begottenness and the Son’s begottenness; one could be un-begotten and not be a Father, … Continue reading

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