The Perfectly Simple Triune God; Aquinas and His Legacy
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The Perfectly Simple Triune God; Aquinas and His Legacy  -     By: D. Stephen Long

The Perfectly Simple Triune God; Aquinas and His Legacy

Fortress Press / 2016 / Paperback

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Critiquing modern criticisms of what author D. Stephen Long calls the "traditional answer" to the question of God, The Perfectly Simple Triune God challenges the reading of Aquinas that presumes independent treatises of the one God and the Trinity. Long posits that the two treatises were never independent, but inextricably related and entailing one another. In this, he provides a constructive rereading of Thomas Aquinas, the patristic tradition and the Reformers. This constructive interpretation of Aquinas takes into account challenges to the classical tradition posed by modern and contemporary theology and philosophy to offer a robust articulation of divine Trinitarian agency for a contemporary age that adheres to broadly considered orthodox and ecumenical parameters.

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Title: The Perfectly Simple Triune God; Aquinas and His Legacy
By: D. Stephen Long
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 5 ounces
ISBN: 1451492391
ISBN-13: 9781451492392
Stock No: WW492392

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A particularly nettlesome question is around the relationship of the confession of God as a simple yet threefold beingthe treatises of the one God and the Trinity. Although God as simple and Triune was widely accepted for over a millennium, simplicity has been widely critiqued and rejected by modern theology. The purported error is in conceiving God's unity prior to the Triune persons, an error begun by Augustine and crystallized in Aquinas.

The Perfectly Simple Triune God challenges this critique and reading of Aquinas as a misunderstanding of his doctrine of God. By refusing to begin theology with God's oneness, who God is collapses into who God is for us, a loss of the biblical and dramatic character of God for us. D. Stephen Long posits that the two treatises were never independent, but inextricably related and entailing one another. Long provides a constructive rereading of Thomas Aquinas, tracing antecedents to Aquinas in the patristic tradition, and readings of him through to the Reformers, taking into account challenges to the classical tradition posed by modern and contemporary theology and philosophy to offer a robust articulation of divine Trinitarian agency for a contemporary age that adheres to broadly considered orthodox and ecumenical parameters.

Author Bio

D. Stephen Long is professor of systematic theology at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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"I can think of no better introduction to the doctrine of divine simplicity that this one. D. Stephen Long makes a compelling case for why, despite its many detractors, Thomas Aquinas's affirmation that 'God is simple' helps Christians to be more robustly and explicitly Trinitarian."

—Edgardo A. Colón-Emeric, Assistant Professor of Christian Theology, Duke Divinity School

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