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A Semiotic Model Of The Trinity

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This chapter draws attention to parallels between Peirce's category of Secondness and the person of God the Son, the Word, the Second Person of the Trinity. It explores resonances between Peirce's category of Firstness and the ingenerate, unoriginate, unbegotten character of God the Father, the First Person of the Trinity. The author uses Peirce's category of Thirdness as a way of speaking about the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity. The author suggests that the semiotic model of the Trinity clarifies some of the perennial difficulties in conceptualizing the Trinitarian persons and relations, and proposes that the dynamic mutual dependence of Peirce's categories is a helpful analogy for the 'perichoresis' of the Trinitarian persons. Finally, the chapter makes some remarks about Peirce's allusions to Trinitarian theology and the connections that Peirce scholars have made concerning the possible Trinitarian resonances of Peirce's philosophy.

Keywords: Peirce; perichoresis; semiotic model; Trinity



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