'One Commixture of Light’ (Or. 31.14): Rethinking some modern uses and critiques of Gregory of Nazianzus on the unity and equality of the divine persons

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Title:
'One Commixture of Light’ (Or. 31.14): Rethinking some modern uses and critiques of Gregory of Nazianzus on the unity and equality of the divine persons
Authors:
Fulford, Ben
Abstract:
Gregory of Nazianzus' doctrine of the Trinity is both a constructive source and an object of critique for Leonardo Boff's account of the Trinity. I argue that Gregory's account of the unity of the Trinity in the monarchy of the Father does not entail the ontological subordination of Son and Spirit nor otherwise obviate the equality of the divine persons. On Gregory's account, the unity and equality of the divine persons is bound up with that of their distinct identities in the very particular modes in which they relate to one another: a unity transcending all human commonality. By contrast, Boff's theology of the Trinity seems to elide the real distinction between God and creatures and erode the differences between the divine persons, so subverting the social programme he derives from his doctrine.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Fulford, B. (2009). 'One Commixture of Light’: Rethinking some Modern Uses and Critiques of Gregory of Nazianzus on the Unity and Equality of the Divine Persons. International Journal of Systematic Theology, 11(2), 172–189. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2400.2008.00381.x
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Journal:
International Journal of Systematic Theology
Publication Date:
17-Feb-2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/603746
DOI:
10.1111/j.1468-2400.2008.00381.x
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Article
Language:
en
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Fulford, B. (2009). 'One Commixture of Light’: Rethinking some Modern Uses and Critiques of Gregory of Nazianzus on the Unity and Equality of the Divine Persons. International Journal of Systematic Theology, 11(2), 172–189. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2400.2008.00381.x, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-2400.2008.00381.x/abstract. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving
EISSN:
1468-2400
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Theology and Religious Studies

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dc.contributor.authorFulford, Benen
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-29T10:54:30Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-29T10:54:30Zen
dc.date.issued2009-02-17en
dc.identifier.citationFulford, B. (2009). 'One Commixture of Light’: Rethinking some Modern Uses and Critiques of Gregory of Nazianzus on the Unity and Equality of the Divine Persons. International Journal of Systematic Theology, 11(2), 172–189. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2400.2008.00381.xen
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1468-2400.2008.00381.xen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/603746en
dc.descriptionThis is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Fulford, B. (2009). 'One Commixture of Light’: Rethinking some Modern Uses and Critiques of Gregory of Nazianzus on the Unity and Equality of the Divine Persons. International Journal of Systematic Theology, 11(2), 172–189. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2400.2008.00381.x, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-2400.2008.00381.x/abstract. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archivingen
dc.description.abstractGregory of Nazianzus' doctrine of the Trinity is both a constructive source and an object of critique for Leonardo Boff's account of the Trinity. I argue that Gregory's account of the unity of the Trinity in the monarchy of the Father does not entail the ontological subordination of Son and Spirit nor otherwise obviate the equality of the divine persons. On Gregory's account, the unity and equality of the divine persons is bound up with that of their distinct identities in the very particular modes in which they relate to one another: a unity transcending all human commonality. By contrast, Boff's theology of the Trinity seems to elide the real distinction between God and creatures and erode the differences between the divine persons, so subverting the social programme he derives from his doctrine.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwellen
dc.relation.urlhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-2400.2008.00381.x/abstracten
dc.subjectGregory of Nazianzusen
dc.subjectDoctrine of the Trinityen
dc.subjectLeonardo Boffen
dc.title'One Commixture of Light’ (Or. 31.14): Rethinking some modern uses and critiques of Gregory of Nazianzus on the unity and equality of the divine personsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1468-2400en
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Systematic Theologyen
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