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Vestiges Of The Trinity In Creation

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This chapter begins by sketching some biographical background to Peirce's development of his philosophical scheme into an evolutionary cosmology. It introduces Peirce's concepts of evolution by chance and evolution by necessity, which correspond respectively to his categories of Firstness and Secondness, and his idea of 'agapastic' evolution, evolutionary love, which is grounded in his category of Thirdness. The chapter undertakes the process of braiding together the scientific, philosophical and theological strands identified. The author proposes that the features of the cosmos identified in the scientific strand and systematized in the philosophical strand may be understood in the light of the theological strand as 'vestiges of the Trinity in creation'. The chapter examines some of the logically possible relations between the world and God in terms of the concepts of 'analogy', 'likeness', and 'vestige'. Finally, it explores some positive theological reasons for entertaining the 'strong' version of the vestiges hypothesis.

Keywords: Peirce; Trinity; vestiges hypothesis



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