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De Sacrosancta Trinitate

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In setting out to present the argument about the Trinity of divine persons, this chapter considers first the words and then the actual subject-matter. In general, "person" is defined as a substance, or individual nature, endowed with intelligence, subsisting by itself, really and truly distinguished from others by its own incommunicable property. This definition, adjusted to any one person of the Holy Trinity, is restricted in sense so that it is a divine substance endowed with intelligence, subsisting by itself, in reality distinguished by its own incommunicable property from the others to which it relates, and possessing in itself the same and entire divine essence from eternity. This Trinity of divine persons cannot, unlike the unity of the essence of God, be demonstrated from documented proofs in nature, but from what one can learn from Holy Scripture alone.

Keywords: divine essence; eternity; God; Holy Scripture; Holy Trinity

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