The Trinity: Rediscovering the Central Christian Mystery

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2005 - 307 páginas
The mystery of the Trinity is the central Christian belief that defines God's essence, God's ongoing love for humanity, and saving grace. Yet, over the past few centuries, especially in the West, Christians have either ceased believing in the Trinity or simply no longer recognize its relevance in their ecclesial or individual lives. Written in an ecumenical spirit that engages contemporary questions and theological viewpoints, The Trinity: Rediscovering the Central Christian Mystery articulates the mystery of the Trinity for people formed by modern historical consciousness, science, awareness of the equal dignity of men and women, and respect for world religions. By first identifying contemporary problems with the Christian proclamation of the Trinity in our culture and major differences among modern theologians, John Farrelly, OSB, explores Scripture, the life and message of Jesus Christ, the various stages of the development of Trinitarian doctrine in Christian History, the relation of the Trinity to creation and salvation, the generation of the Son from the Father within the Trinity and the procession of the Holy Spirit from Father and Son, and the meaning of three persons in one God. He concludes by reflecting on the implications this renewed theology of the Trinity has for ecclesiology and Christian spirituality in our twenty-first century world, especially in relation to other world religions.
 

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The Trinity The Theological Problematic
1
I A Sketch of the Development of the Doctrine of the Trinity
3
II Some Earlier TwentiethCentury Theological Reflections on the Trinity
8
III Some Later Theological Reflections on the Trinity
13
Scripture and the Roots of Christian Belief in the Trinity
31
I The Old Testament and Preparation for the Trinitarian Mystery
32
II The Ministry of Jesus and the Mystery of the Trinity
40
III The Developing Trinitarian Belief of the Apostolic Age
44
II A Modification of Thomass Theology of the Fathers Saying of the Word
170
III The Critique of the FatherSon Relationship as Patriarchal
177
The Procession of the Holy Spirit within the Trinity
191
I A Theology of the Holy Spirit in the Economy of Salvation and Creation
193
II The Holy Spirit within the Trinity
201
Father Son and Holy Spirit as Three Relational Persons in One Being
219
I The Patristic Development of Understanding of the Trinity as Three Persons
221
II Thomas Aquinass Theology of the Three Divine Persons
226

Soundings in the History of Christian Reflection on the Trinity To Constantinople I 381
69
I Theological Development before the Fourth Century
72
II The Arian Crisis and Its Aftermath 315381
79
Later Soundings The Fifth to the Nineteenth Century
95
II Some Reflections on the Trinity from the Protestant Reformation to the Nineteenth Century
110
The Trinitys Relation to the Orders of Salvation and Creation
125
I The Relation of the Trinity to the Order of Salvation
129
II The Relation of the Trinity to Creation
139
The Fathers Generation of the Son
161
I Our Intellectual Knowledge as Analogue for the Fathers Generation of the Son
165
III A Modern Sense of Person and the Mystery of the Trinity
237
A Trinitarian Spirituality
251
I The Trinitys Saving Presence to Us through the Church
252
II The Trinity Indwelling the Graced Human Person
263
III A Trinitarian Spirituality for the TwentyFirst Century
270
Bibliographical Essays
291
Index
297
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\M. John Farrelly, O.S.B., is a professor of theology at De Sales School of Theology in Washington D.C.

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