Individual and other

I cannot be the particular individual I am without particular others (parents, teachers, friends, etc.). The others might have been other others (different parents, e.g.) but then I would be a different particular individual. But I cannot be an individual at all without being a particular . . . . Continue Reading »

Triune Unity

In a 1984 article in the journal Mid-Stream , Leslie Newbigin insisted that the basis of the demand for church unity is “the triune nature and action of God.” He gave this stirring explanation: “Because God the Father has given his Son tous, and in the incarnate Lord Jesus Christ . . . . Continue Reading »

Perichoretic projection

Kilby isn’t content to say that some social theories of the Trinity may project human ideals onto God. She says it’s inherent in the whole effort to tease out a social model of the Trinity. Her argument moves in several stages: First, we don’t have much of any information about . . . . Continue Reading »

Feminist Trinity

In a 2007 New Blackfriars piece on perichoresis and social Trinitarianism, Karen Kilby suggests that social theories of the Trinity necessarily project current ideals onto God. She cites the work of Patricia Wilson-Kastner to support the “suspicion of projection.” She observes that . . . . Continue Reading »

Maximal perichoresis

Perichoresis was originally a Christological notion, describing the mutual penetration-without-mixture of the divine and human natures in Christ. It of course became primarily a concept in Trinitarian theology, but, according to Verna Harrison, in Maximus it was understood as an anthropological and . . . . Continue Reading »

Peripheretic Communion

Gregory of Nyssa rarely uses the specific language of perichoresis , but Daniel Stramara argues in a 1998 Vigiliae Christianae article that he uses different language to make very similar claims about the communion that is the Triune God. Specifically, he uses the words periphero and anakuklesis , . . . . Continue Reading »

Thomas and Relationality

In Adrian Pabst’s interpretation, creation is for Thomas “that event by which the infinity of united ‘definiteness’ is converted into the finitude of composite ‘definiteness.’” That is, creation is not “generality” moving into particularity but . . . . Continue Reading »

Relational Ontology

Lewis Ayres is a skeptic and critic of recent efforts to formulate a Trinitarian relational ontology. These often fail to specify the meanings of basic terms - analogy, relation, person, especially analogy. Zizioulas in particular makes a theological mistake by making “person” more . . . . Continue Reading »

Neoplatonism fulfilled

The essays reprinted in Keith Corrigan’s collection, Reason, Faith and Otherness in Neoplatonic and Early Christian Thought , are dense and learned explorations of, among other things, the Christian uses of varieties of Greek philosophy. In several essays Corrigan returns to the body-soul . . . . Continue Reading »

Species as relation

In his The Species Problem, Biological Species, Ontology, and the Metaphysics of Biology , David Stamos explores various theories of species, and concludes that none of the existing theories suffice. In their place, he proposes, drawing on but modifying the work of Bertrand Russell, a relational . . . . Continue Reading »