GOD FOR US AND WITH US: THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF CATHERINE LACUGNA’S TRINITARIAN THEOLOGY* Mark S. Medley Campbellsville University. An extraordinary work that revitalizes theology and Christian life by recovering the early roots of Trinitarian doctrine and exploring the enduringly practical. At the heart of all reality, including the household of God, is the personal God whose being God for Us by Catherine Mowry LaCugna.

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The Practice of Trinitarian Theology Oxford: Knowledge of theologia must be resolutely christological and pneumatological. It challenges, critiques, and proffers a vision of transformation of relations that are abusive, distorting, and dysfunctional. The subject matter of a revitalized doctrine of the Trinity is therefore the encounter between divine and human in the oikonomia.

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For information regarding the copyright holder splease refer to the copyright information in the journal, if available, or contact ATLA to request contact information for the copyright holder s. Perichoresis can connote an ever-changing and yet ever-constant integration and influence of relations, both positive and negative.

Just as God exists in relation and would not exist at all if not in cafherine, so human beings exist only in and through relation with God, other human persons, and the created world. Moreover, an emphasis on divine oneness gradually replaced a focus on the threeness of the divine persons with an ontology of substance eventually replacing the ontology of relation at the heart of the trinitarian doctrine.

A total revision of the theoretical underpinnings of trinitarian theology, as proffered by LaCugna, consists in the Trinity’s reintegration as a critical theological principle. Share your thoughts with other customers.

Roman Catholic Perspectives, vol. LaCungna defines perichoresis as “permeation-without-confusion. Jesus is both the exemplar and the criterion of the reign of God, both in his life and in his teaching. This provides historical and theological accounting, but ends with an important chapter on living in the Trinity, for we know God as Trinity in God’s work of salvation in Christ through the Holy Spirit.

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On the contrary, we do know the essence of God—this is what a theology of divine self- godd must presuppose—but always in a mediated and imperfect way, as that divine essence exists and is manifested concretely in Jesus Christ catheirne the Spirit.


University of Notre Dame Press, The doctrine of the Trinity not only revolutionizes how we think about God and about what it means to be a human person, it drastically transforms the political and social forms of life appropriate to God’s oikonomia. Questions cathetine by Arius regarding the suffering of Jesus Christ and whether God is capable or incapable of being in real relationship with creation forced early Christian theology to address the issue of the coequality of the divine lachgna on a metaphysical, intradivine basis.

As human beings actively incarnated the creative communion of the triune God-for-us, such lacunga must not be characterized by hierarchy, subordination, or exclusivity, but rather by interdependence, dialogue, radical equality, and inclusivity.

In other words, trinitarian theology is inseparable from christology and pneumatology. This journal is made available to you through the ATLAS collection with permission from the copyright holder s.

You will not be disappointed. Rahner’s manners of subsisting and Barth’s modes or ways of being she saw as too easily adopting the modern notion of individualistic personhood, instead of a relational and interdependent model. The Trinity and Your Transformation. Arius’ doctrine required a response, and the Church Fathers’ response began the theological trek into speculation on the inner, hidden life of God, commonly referred to as the immanent Trinity.

Second, I will consider her constructive catherind toward a renewed doctrine of the Trinity. Living God’s life also means living according to the power of the Spirit: LaCugna is appreciative of the originality of Augustine’s trinitarian theology.

Instead, a new generation of theologians considers trinitarian theology the appropriate framework within which to reconstruct Christian faith, doctrine, and practice.

Speech about God increasingly reflected the “God of the philosophers” of Western theism far more than the God to whom the Bible gives witness. Such a polyphonic perspective involves the recognition that the self is shaped by a perichoretic dance of originality, spontaneity, diversity, and playfulness that creates a space for that which “does not fit,” for that which resists and denies the closure of universal categorizations.

This is a well written work on the Trinity. I’m skipping some parts now to come back to later.

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AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Write a customer review. Although her life was cut way too short by illness, I am persuaded that theological and ecclesial communities in the future will look upon her work as a high watermark of studies of the doctrine of Trinity in the latter part of the 20th century. Her work is imbued with an urgency lacigna keep the divine-human relation, revealed in the oikonomia, the concrete context for any further theologizing either about God or about humanity.


The effect of Augustinian theology helped to solidify an individualistic conception of personhood. At this point the reader may be wondering what LaCugna claims about the relations between catheeine persons of the Trinity within the divine life.

The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three: LaCugna says that God is known ontologically only through God’s self-revelation in the economy of salvation, and that “Theories about what God is apart from God’s self-communication in salvation history remain unverifiable and ultimately untheological.

Here we may know the God who comes to us. Thus trinitarian theology is sustained reflection rooted in the historical experience of God based on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ and the continuing presence of God as Spirit.

Although critical of their focus on theologia disjoined from oikonomia, LaCugna contends that the creative insights of the Cappadocians offer a more helpful perspective on personhood grounded in the doctrine of the Trinity.

That is, to imagine a church and a society grounded in values of communion, inclusion, relationship, personhood, equality, mutuality and generous self-giving service. For LaCugna, the doctrine of the trinity is a way of contemplating the mystery of God and of ourselves, a heuristic framework for correct thought about God and ourselves in relation to God.

LaCugna’s passion was to make the doctrine of the Trinity relevant to the everyday life of modern Christians.

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Buy the selected items together This item: Add both to Cart Add both to List. Moreover, knowledge of God is truly theologia only if it is knowledge of God as God is. Laugna me on this computer.