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A Study of the Trinitarian Theology of Catherine Mowry LaCugna with Particular Reference to Her Understanding of God as Transcendent

Campbell, Margaret (2017) A Study of the Trinitarian Theology of Catherine Mowry LaCugna with Particular Reference to Her Understanding of God as Transcendent. Doctor of Philosophy thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

Catherine LaCugna expresses concern, in her 1991 book God for Us, that the doctrine of the Trinity has become irrelevant to Christian life through undue speculation on the intra-divine relations. Her critics suggest that she strays perilously close to pantheism. In this thesis, LaCugna’s understanding of the triune God’s transcendence is evaluated adopting five approaches: a survey of her writings on theological language; an exploration of divine freedom and pantheism in dialogue with four figures discussed by or associated with LaCugna – Plotinus, Eriugena, Bonaventure and Aquinas; a study of her use of a Neo-platonic ‘model of emanation and return’ and of the ‘walking God’ metaphor; critical engagement with contemporary theologians including Colin Gunton and Thomas Weinandy; and applying to some of LaCugna’s claims Kathryn Tanner’s rule for talk about God as radically transcendent. It is argued that LaCugna’s practical approach to trinitarian doctrine upholds the Christian understanding of divine transcendence.

Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Philosophy)
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Trinity, Divine transcendence, Soteriology, Christian life, Theological language, Pantheism, Rahner’s Rule
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Pilgrim Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 03 May 2018 04:57
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2019 23:05
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3086

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