Today, we treat the notion of “person” in God. First, we tackle the definition of person in general. We then ask whether this notion can be applied to God. That question is pursued from the principles of natural reason. Finally, we ask what a Christian should mean by “person” when said of God.
For a useful outline booklet to help order your consideration of the podcast, you might check out this link. Also, if you wish to follow up at an academic level, read my article touching on the inter-religious issues of this topic. I defend a way to find a truth in the Jewish and Islamic affirmation, “God is one” without negating 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.