Divine Temporality, the Trinity, and the Charge of Arianism

Journal of Analytic Theology 4:267-290 (2016)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

Divine temporality is all the rage in certain theological circles today. Some even suggesting that the doctrine of the Trinity entails divine temporality. While I find this claim a bit strong, I do think that divine temporality can be quite useful for developing a robust model of the Trinity. However, not everyone agrees with this. Paul Helm has offered an objection to the so-called Oxford school of divine temporality based on the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. He has argued that this form of divine temporality entails Arianism. In other words, divine temporality suffers from an inadequate doctrine of the Trinity. In this paper I shall first articulate the so-called Oxford school of divine temporality. From there I shall develop some of the Oxford school’s theological benefits that help flesh out the doctrine of the Trinity, and assuage the charge of Arianism. Then I shall offer an examination and refutation of the Arian charge to divine temporality in order to show that the divine temporalist can maintain a robust Trinitarian theology.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,386

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Trinity, Temporality, and Open Theism.Richard Rice - 2007 - Philosophia 35 (3-4):321-328.
A Reductio Ad Absurdum of Divine Temporality.Steven B. Cowan - 1996 - Religious Studies 32 (3):371 - 378.
Relative Identity and the Doctrine of the Trinity.Michael C. Rea - 2003 - Philosophia Christi 5 (2):431 - 445.
Trinity as Circumscription of Divine Love according to Friedrich Schleiermacher.Gregory A. Walter - 2008 - Neue Zeitschrift für Systematicsche Theologie Und Religionsphilosophie 50 (1):62-74.
A Posteriori Arguments for the Trinity.Richard Swinburne - 2013 - Studia Neoaristotelica 10 (1):13-27.
The Cambridge Companion to the Trinity.Peter C. Phan (ed.) - 2011 - Cambridge University Press.
Sabellianism reconsidered.Harriet E. Baber - 2002 - Sophia 41 (2):1-18.
Simply Impossible: A Case Against Divine Simplicity.R. T. Mullins - 2013 - Journal of Reformed Theology 7 (2):181-203.
No one like Him: the doctrine of God.John S. Feinberg - 2006 - Wheaton. Ill.: Crossway Books.
Tritheism and the Trinity.C. Stephen Layman - 1988 - Faith and Philosophy 5 (3):291-298.

Analytics

Added to PP
2016-10-01

Downloads
88 (#189,215)

6 months
27 (#107,707)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

R. T. Mullins
Palm Beach Atlantic College

Citations of this work

Trinity.Dale Tuggy - 2010 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Hasker on the Divine Processions of the Trinitarian Persons.R. T. Mullins - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (4):181-216.
The Classical Doctrine of the Eternal Processions and Creation ex nihilo.Andrew Hollingsworth - 2024 - Neue Zeitschrift für Systematicsche Theologie Und Religionsphilosophie 66 (1):5-24.

Add more citations

References found in this work

Metaphysical Themes 1274–1671.Robert Pasnau - 2011 - New York: Oxford University Press.
The Christian God.Richard Swinburne - 1994 - New York: Oxford University Press.
Church Dogmatics.Karl Barth - 1956 - Edinburgh: T and T Clark. Edited by Thomas F. Torrance & Geoffrey Bromiley.
Anselm.Sandra Visser & Thomas Williams - 2009 - New York: Oxford University Press. Edited by Thomas Williams.

View all 38 references / Add more references