Philosophy and Theology

Volume 32, Issue 1/2, 2020

Dennis L. SansomOrcid-ID
Pages 119-147

The Perichoresis of the Trinity
Overcoming the Moral Gap and the Theological Foundations of Christian Ethics

According to John Hare, a “moral gap” exists between the authority of a moral demand and our inability to do the moral demand. Only the authority of the moral demander can bridge the gap, but that requires the demander experience the obligations of the demand. Christian ethics has a way to explain how to bridge of the gap. Through the doctrine of the perichoresis of triune relationships, we see how the mutual indwelling of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit incorporates the human spirit into the inner-work of the triune relations, and thereby closes the moral gap.