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Dogmatic Theology 1.22: Critique of “I-Thou” Arguments for the Trinity

Here, I present a set of critiques of the basic structure of the “I-Thou” argument for the Trinity.

Who endorses such arguments? Richard of St. Victor, Walter Kasper, Joseph Ratzinger, and others. I affirm the good intentions but evaluate critically the presuppositions and implications of them. The standards I use are dogma, the teachings of the Church, and natural reason. I have an extended treatment (link at end) of the problems with this argument in an article in Nova et Vetera. Why this photo? Anthropomorphism. There are other critical problems with this approach as wielded by the aforesaid thinkers, namely, the implication of Tritheism. In my article, I suggest how the insights of the social analogy, and there certainly are insights, can with theological prudence be recovered / retrieved in disciplined fashion to avoid the problematic features critiqued here.

 

Dogmatic Theology 1.19: How the Son Comes from the Father

Today, we seek to understand what we believe. We believe the Son is co-equal with the Father, because he has the divine nature. We believe the Son is co-eternal with the Father, ever from the Father. But how to understand something so lofty?

We have patristic images or metaphors for this. These are beautiful and more easily accessible. We also have a great achievement of dogmatic or speculative theology. This is so beautiful, though difficult. Let us begin the journey of the mind to God by following Augustine and Aquinas on this great labor. Bonaventure and scores of other great saints also took this journey.