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1.3 - The One and the Trinity

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Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 January 2021

Alexander J. B. Hampton
University of Toronto
John Peter Kenney
Saint Michael's College, Vermont
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This chapter highlights the formative role of Platonism in the making of Christian doctrine. It argues that Platonism’s greatest substantive influences on Christian Trinitarian theology lay in the area of participation metaphysics, as well as in inspiring the more general theological dictum of divine immateriality and intelligibility. Early Christian authors discussed include: Athenagoras, Theophilus, Clement of Alexandria, Marius Victorinus, Augustine, Theodoret, Cyril of Alexandria, Gregory of Nyssa, and Eunomius. The claim that the Christian creator–creature distinction competed with the Platonic intelligible–sensible distinction is examined and rejected.

Christian Platonism
A History
, pp. 53 - 78
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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