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Henry Of Ghent On The Trinity

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Henry's writings on the Trinity are extensive and difficult, to say the least. This chapter provides a sketch of the importance of Henry's account of the Trinity, and suggests additional sources and avenues for research. Two chief topics dominate in Henry's account of the Trinity: 1) intellect and will and 2) relation.The first is in many ways the basis for the second, since the relations among the divine persons are relations of intellect and will. Henry understands the divine reality fundamentally in spiritual terms. God by essence is pure self-communicating knowledge and love. However, like other theologians who use philosophy, Henry also analyzes traditional philosophical concepts to clarify the divine reality. In doing so, Henry shows with special clarity his own development of the philosophical tradition, as well as his consistent account of reality based on the Trinity as the first principle.

Keywords: divine intellect; divine relations; divine will; God; Henry of Ghent; Trinity



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