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God As Community In Unity

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Although a large number of contemporary Western Christian thinkers operate with the God as an absolute subject model, there is evidently a growing interest in a third model: God as community in unity" or simply God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in eternal correlation, interpenetration, love and communion which make them one sole God." The Western scholars who seek to understand the doctrine of the Trinity within this model generally take their point of departure from the concept of homoousios as it is understood by John Calvin, Gregory of Nazianzen, and Athanasius. Some of the leading Western Christian thinkers who seek to understand the doctrine of the Trinity from the viewpoint of God as community in unity are J. Zizioulas and J.J. O'Donnell. The Orthodox theologian John Zizioulas makes a candid enquiry into the plurality model of the Cappadocian tradition.

Keywords: community; God; homoousios; Trinity; unity; Western Christian thinkers



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