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This is the introductory chapter of the book which summarizes: 1) The ontological structure of the world has a three-fold pattern, picked out by Peirce's phenomenological analysis of the 'categories' of Firstness, Secondness and Thirdness, and reflected in the triadic structures of signs and sign-processes. 2) The triadic patterns thus identified in the structure of the created order have non-trivial parallels with Christian thinking about God as Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These parallels are such that the three-fold patterns of the world, including the triadic dynamic of sign-processes, may be understood to model-in a sense to be carefully unpacked-the mutual dynamic interplay of the Trinitarian persons. In short, semiosis models perichoresis. 3) The triadic structure of the world reflects the triune pattern of God's continuous creative work, mediated by the Word and Spirit.

Keywords: Christian; Peirce; Trinity



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