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Issues In The Western Reinterpretations

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The attempts of Western Christian thought to reinterpret the Christian understanding of the doctrine of God could be placed into three distinct groups: God as essence, God as an absolute subject, and God as community in unity. Each group or model of interpretation has its own unique philosophical presuppositions. The God as essence school is clearly operating within neo-Platonic structures, God as an absolute subject comes from German Idealism, while God as community in unity seeks to function within the same conceptual framework as the church fathers. The chapter presents the differences of western models of interpreting the doctrine of god. The rise of the God as community in unity model in the present time has no doubt given the church a new interest in the doctrine of the Trinity. Undoubtedly, how Western contexts understand the doctrine of God has been influenced by the historical concept of the Incarnation.

Keywords: Christian; church fathers; German Idealism; Incarnation; neo-Platonic structures; Trinity; Western Christian thought



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