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Philosophia Christi

Volume 18, Issue 2, 2016

Symposium on the Trinity in Modern Context

Keith Ward
Pages 281-296
DOI: 10.5840/pc201618226

Reimagining the Trinity
On Not Three Gods

If God is agape-love, this implies that God creates and relates to other personal beings, in giving to, receiving from, and uniting those beings to the divine in love. In this relationship, God is threefold—the primordial source of all (the Father), the expressive image of divine love (Jesus), and the unitive power which unites the cosmos to the divine (the Spirit). These are three different “forms of instantiation” (hypostases) of one divine mind (ousia), not three distinct consciousnesses (the “social Trinity”). The threefold mind of God is not “modalist,” but an essential and indissoluble form of the divine nature.

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