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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Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Nor is the immanent Trinity a “more real” God—more real because the mode of discourse used to describe it is ontological. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Evaluation and Assessment After presenting the major elements of LaCugna’s trinitarian theology, the task remains to evaluate critically her contributions.

God, fully God within the divine triune being prior to and without the creature, turned toward that which is not God in creation and redemption graciously welcoming and including the creature in the divine life.

Post-Nicene theology increasingly began from above, in a deductive manner; consequently it was separated from the pressing matters of soteriology. Share your thoughts with other customers. Personhood is often reduced to individual self-consciousness or to a mere product of social relations. Ships from and sold by Amazon.

Living trinitarian faith means living as Jesus Christ lived, in persona Christi: See all 22 reviews. Nevertheless, God is more than has been revealed though not other than what has been revealed.

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Since human beings are created imago Dei, each unique human person can therefore exemplify what it means to be and become human. Knowledge of theologia must be resolutely christological laugna pneumatological. Read more Read less. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Instead of using these traditional theological terms, LaCugna employs the language of oikonomia and theologia.


The book came on time and as described. Questions raised by Arius regarding the suffering of Jesus Christ and whether God is capable or incapable of being in real relationship catherind creation forced early Christian theology to address the issue of the coequality of the divine persons on a metaphysical, intradivine basis.

I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? After Augustine, Latin theology posited a divine essence or substance prior to relationality; relationality was located within the divine essence.

Calling her so is by far fod reductionistic. Biography portal Catholicism portal Education portal.

Giving priority to the former term, the Cappadocians spoke of hypostasis person as the mode of God’s ousia. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. I would contend that she makes a very strong case for understanding the doctrine of the Trinity as a practical and pastoral doctrine.

Although her life catherinf cut way too short by illness, I am persuaded that theological and ecclesial communities in the future will look upon her work as a high watermark of studies of the doctrine of Trinity in the latter part of the 20th century. Hence, the point of the doctrine of the Trinity is the relationship and communion among persons, divine and human.

Trinitarian theology was primarily built entirely around fro pro- ducing a “nonexperiential, nonsoteriological, nonchristological, nonpneumatological metaphysics of the divine nature. Rahner’s manners of subsisting and Barth’s modes or ways of being she saw as too easily adopting the modern notion of individualistic personhood, instead of a relational and interdependent fro.

The doctrine of the Trinity not only revolutionizes how we think about God and about what it means to be a human person, it drastically transforms the political and social forms of life appropriate to God’s oikonomia. 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.


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Learn more about Amazon Prime. Set up a giveaway. Thus personal freedom is poised in the balance between particularity and communion. Living and participating in the life of God means entering in the most profound way possible into the whole economy of God, embodying the life of Jesus Christ, living into the presence of the Spirit, and living in communion with all that exists. The heart of the Christian life is to be united with the God of Jesus Christ by means of communion with one another.

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By seeking right relations and genuine communion in the manifold dimensions of life, human beings can truly pilgrimage toward imaging God’s own mystery of communion with us. 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: Too often talk about the immanent Trinity has devolved into an overconfident, literal description of the mystery and reality of God.

The subject matter of a revitalized doctrine of the Trinity is therefore the encounter between divine and human in the oikonomia.