Divine Simplicity: Christ the Crisis of Metaphysics
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Divine simplicity - the idea that God's being is identical to his attributes - was borrowed from Greek metaphysics during the patristic period. Hinlicky identifies numerous problems it has caused and argues that uncritical use of the concept renders God unknowable. A major contribution to contemporary Trinitarian dogmatics - which also offers a unique approach to the problem of Christian-Muslim relations.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0801048990
ISBN-13: 9780801048999

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A Fresh Articulation of the Unity of God

This volume critiques various ways divine simplicity--which suggests God's being is identical to God's attributes--has shaped Christian theology and offers a fresh articulation of the unity of God. The author proposes that the concept of divine simplicity, carried over from the Greek metaphysical tradition, was heedlessly incorporated into the language of Christian trinitarian theology during the patristic period. He identifies numerous problems that have resulted from its retention in postpatristic Christian dogmatics, arguing that uncritical use of the concept renders the biblical God inexpressible and unknowable. This major contribution to contemporary trinitarian dogmatics also contains a unique approach to the problem of Christian-Muslim relations.

Author Bio

Paul R. Hinlicky (PhD, Union Theological Seminary, New York; DHabil, Comenius University, Bratislava) is Tise Professor of Lutheran Studies at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. He has authored three critically acclaimed studies in systematic theology, Beloved Community, Luther and the Beloved Community, and Divine Complexity.

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