This course aims primarily to equip the student with a clear understanding and deep appreciation of the Trinitarian mystery. He will thus learn to integrate this mystery ever more fully into his own personal, spiritual life, and be able to communicate his love of the Triune God to others. As the student grows in confidence in his ability to articulate and live within this greatest of mysteries, entering humbly and joyfully into it, he will begin to see the whole of the life of faith - all Christian practice and doctrine - in its light.
Approach to the mystery of God one and three from a Biblical, Patristic, Medieval and Contemporary perspective: distinction and interconnectedness. 1. The renewed interest in Trinitarian doctrine on account of its perceived relevance to issues facing the Church today. 2. The Biblical section: the progressive revelation of God in the Old and the New Testaments, with emphasis placed on the pivotal role of the God revealed by Jesus Christ. 3. The development of Trinitarian dogma in the writings of the Fathers and the early Councils. 4. Medieval theologies of the Trinity: Richard of St. Victor, Aquinas, Scotus, van Ruusbroec. 5. Reflection on the East-West dispute over the Filioque. 6. The work of more recent theologians: Rahner, von Balthasar, Congar, Galot, Durrwell, LaCugna. 7. The relationship between the economy of salvation and the internal life of God both in its historical and its contemporary dimensions. 8. Reflection both on each Divine Person individually and on the essence and attributes of God as such. 9. The kind of language to describe God, the processions, the relations, the mystery of God’s self-giving and the communion God has established with man. 10. The missiological, ecumenical and inter-religious implications of Trinitarian Theology throughout, and in the light of the diversity of contemporary contexts.
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