This course examines the foundations of trinitarian doctrine in revelation (scripture and tradition read in conjunction with the church’s receptive magisterial teaching).It explores Thomas Aquinas, systematic consideration of the teaching of the church regarding god as one and three persons. it also engages with modern questions of trinitarian doctrine and interpretation.
- to present a fundamental theology of the triune god from a catholic perspective
- to expose students to a number of important classical theological texts and conciliar definitions
- to examine a systematic reflection on the mystery of the most holy trinity from a thomistic perspective
- to do this in some conversation with contemporary debates and controversies.
- to require of students a fair degree of textual analysis, and coherent theological argument, in the form of written essays.
Chapter 1: Aquinas on the One God: Five Ways
Chapter 2: Naming God Analogically
Chapter 3: Divine Simplicity
Chapter 4, Part 1: Divine Perfection & Divine Goodness
Chapter 4, Part 2: Divine Goodness
Chapter 5, Part 1: Divine Infinity & Omnipresence
Chapter 5, Part 2: Omnipresence
Chapter 6, Part 1: Divine Immutability & Impassibility
Chapter 6, Part 2: Divine Eternity & Unity
Chapter 7: Divine Knowledge & Love
Chapter 8: Divine Omnipotence
Chapter 9: Aquinas of Knowledge of the Triune God: Mystery of Faith