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Why A Trinitarian Dynamics Requires Open Scholasticism

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Scholastic theology has the negative connotation of being outmoded and unsatisfactory for twenty-first-century theological debate. Nowadays, many theologians consider scholasticism a museum piece with some historical significance but no relevance to contemporary questions of faith and problems of religious practice. This chapter argues that in contemporary theology to a form of scholasticism may be discerned insofar as theological argument is open to the possibility of the application of new philosophical approaches and insights to its issues. For instance, the contemporary debate on the doctrine of the Trinity provides a clear theological illustration of it, following Bruce Marshall on Rahners rule. Although a voice from the early Enlightenment period, a seventeenth-century theologian like Johannes Cocceius may present a relevant contribution to this debate as well.

Keywords: Johannes Cocceius; scholastic theology; scholasticism; trinitarian dynamics



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