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 nature of God’s inner life theologia is revealed in the oikonomia on the supposition that it is no other God that so acts.

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.

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The historical development of the doctrine of the Trinity is quite impressive from the standpoint of intellectual vigor and speculative attainment. The “defeat” of trinitarian theology in both the East and West occurred because it became an esoteric gid of the “inner life” of God that was unrelated to human beings and to our lives in the world.

There, she taught systematic theology to graduate and undergraduate students, eventually holding the Nancy Reeves Dreux Chair of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. I don’t know why it took me so long to pick up this book, published more than two decades ago, but it has proven to be revelatory.

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

Hence, the point of the doctrine of the Trinity is the relationship and communion among persons, divine and human. From the Publisher A brilliant theologian revitalizes theology and Christian life by recovering the early Christian roots of God as Trinity.

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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.

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Beginnings of a Moral Revolution,” Theological Studies alcugna LaCungna defines perichoresis as “permeation-without-confusion. Broaden your understanding of God with this book.

Read reviews that mention doctrine of the trinity father son catherine lacugna roman catholic immanent trinity lacugna views theological theology cappadocians view trinitarian despite theologians historical persons augustine important later modern nature. The effect of Augustinian theology helped to solidify an individualistic conception of personhood.

The Marginalization of the Trinity LaCugna’s book is divided into two sections: Thus trinitarian foor 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. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

This ontology of catheirne provides a helpful corrective to many tendencies toward depersonalization and dehumanization in our age. To live trinitarian faith means to challenge whatever in the church’s life, structure, and ways of operating falls short of the sacramentality of the church as the community of love which embodies God’s presence in the world. The reign of God, the household of God catnerine where this form of life—exemplified by Jesus—is evident and practised.

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Informing just patterns of relating, we can thus image the deepest reality of Communion gos the heart of all communion Now my comments about the practical ramifications of trinitarian theology have been general in nature rather than specific.

Would you like lacuugna tell us about a lower price? Since human beings are created imago Dei, each unique human person can therefore exemplify what it means to be and become human. I’m skipping some parts now to come back to later. Personhood, however, ineluctably entails being an open and ecstatic reality.

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Archived from the original on She argues that personhood is ineffable, concrete, and ecstatic. According to LaCugna, the church father Augustine furthered this divide between economic and immanent Trinity with his psychological model of the Trinity, which described the inner life of God as being like a human’s memory, intellect, and will.


Speech about God increasingly reflected the “God of the philosophers” of Western theism far more than the God to whom the Bible gives witness. Add both to Cart Add both to List. Indeed, trinitarian theology is a theology of relationship: Insisting that the essence of God is incomprehensible, the Cappadocians attempted to distinguish between two Greek terms that had been used interchangeably in trinitarian reflection: She sought to remind Christians that they not only profess a trinitarian faith but “that the purpose of the doctrine of the Trinity is not to diagnose why God is the way God is, but to remind Christians to taste and see the goodness of God revealed in creation, Christ, and communion with one another in the Lackgna.

According to LaCugna, Christian orthopraxis must correspond to what we believe to be true about God, and what is true about God is known via his activity in the economy of salvation. As Catherinf contends, doxology is fr precondition of theological speech, particularly any speech about God because in song, prayer, or praxis believers are invited to graft their own life-narrative into God’s story of redemption, and to participate with God in the movement toward God’s beatific vision of communion.

God who dwells in inaccessible light and eternal glory comes to us in the face of Christ and the activity of the Holy Spirit. This is an important work on the Holy Trinity. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.