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Colin Gunton, Divine Love, and Univocal Predication

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Abstract In this paper I draw from Colin Gunton and argue that the scriptures teach, or else presuppose, that univocity is true—specifically, that the term ‘love’ can possess the same meaning when applied to God and humans. My argument for this conclusion has three stages. In the first stage I survey the three major views of theological predication relevant to my Gunton-inspired argument—univocity, equivocity, and analogy. From there I attempt to assuage the worry that one cannot adjudicate between theories of predication by appealing to the biblical texts. Finally, I contend that univocity, in contrast to analogy and equivocity, best undergirds Jesus’ command in John 15:9-12 to love others as the Father has loved him.

Affiliations: 1: University of Notre Dame IN USA


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