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 effect of Augustinian theology helped to solidify an individualistic conception of personhood. LaCungna defines perichoresis as “permeation-without-confusion. The design and final form of this electronic lavugna is the property of the American Theological Library Association. 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 uus 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 Spirit.

Speech about God increasingly reflected the “God of the philosophers” of Western theism far more than the God to whom the Bible gives witness. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? The “defeat” of trinitarian theology in both the East and West occurred because it became an esoteric exposition of the “inner life” of God that was unrelated to human beings and to our lives in the world.

While both Latin and Greek theology support the principle that personhood is the meaning of being, LaCugna maintains that the Latin theological tradition took a wrong turn with its focus on substance, or ousia, in formulating a doctrine of the Trinity. The methodological basis of her work, the unity of oikonomia and theologia, has attestation in the tradition, matches the pattern of biblical and liturgical language, and most lcaugna of all, it is not contingent upon substance metaphysics.

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Her ontology of relation has lead LaCugna to rethink the concept of personhood. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Yet, as David Cunningham, in his recent book These Three Are One, correctly argues, LaCugna, like other trinitarian theologians, avoids specific details of how trinitarian practices should shape our lives.


A critical occurrence was a shift in focus from oikonomia to theologia. Just as God exists in relation and would not exist at all if not in relation, so human beings exist only in and through relation with God, other human persons, and the created world. That is, to imagine a church and a society grounded in values of communion, inclusion, relationship, personhood, equality, mutuality and generous self-giving service.

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

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

Fiorenza and John Gal vin Minneapolis: You will not be disappointed. No content may be copied or emailed to multiple sites or publicly posted without the copyright holder s ‘ express written permission. As a corrective, LaCugna maintains that the human person is theonomous: It is in worship that the concrete patterns of redemption are enacted; doxology keeps together theologia and oikonomia because when we praise God we make no distinction between what God is as God and what God is for us.

Medley Campbellsville University Campbellsville, Kentucky In the last thirty years new life has been breathed into theological discussions of the doctrine of the Trinity. Living God’s life also means living according to the power of the Spirit: 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.

I would lacugba that she makes a very strong case for understanding the doctrine of the Trinity as a practical and pastoral doctrine. 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.

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I will look again at what she wrote and how she structured the God-world relation. This page was cahherine edited on 17 Septemberat Nevertheless, God is more than has been revealed though not other than what has been revealed. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Aquinas and Beyond, ” Theological Studies 46 Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. A very comprehensive study of God and how Mankind has perceived God for a long long time. It challenges, critiques, and proffers a vision of transformation of relations that are abusive, distorting, and dysfunctional. For you to remember after ud many years speaks of how dear she was to you. The nature of God’s catgerine life theologia is revealed in the oikonomia on the supposition that it is no other God that so acts.

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Biography portal Catholicism portal Education portal. 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. Indeed, trinitarian theology is a theology of relationship: After Nicaea, God’s intradivine life replaced God’s relationship for us in creation and redemption as the center of trinitarian theology.

Yet, the consequence of their efforts, however unintentional, was to open a way that would lead to de-emphasizing God’s presence to us in the economy of redemption and moving trinitarian theology further into abstraction divorced from God’s oikonomia. She rejected modern individualist notions of personhood and emphasised the self-communication of God.

The resulting fissure, however slight, between oikonomia and theologia in Post-Nicene theology was the first step down a slippery slope toward the defeat and marginalization of the Trinity. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Set up a giveaway.