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Epilogue: If The Fathers Had Known Peirce

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This concluding chapter presents an overview of the historical development of Trinitarian orthodoxy from the Council of Nicaea to the Council of Constantinople. It presents the story in its standard form, which may be summarized by saying that it is the story of the rise and fall and rise again of the term homoousion in the fourth century. The author re-narrates the story from a less familiar angle. This second story is that of the tragedy of the scripturally-based, implicitly semiotic, concepts of Logos and 'image' which, as the fourth century advanced, were to become victims of their then-inadequate metaphysical grounding.

Keywords: homoousion; metaphysical grounding; Trinitarian orthodoxy



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