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Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. I’m very glad to have a copy in my library again. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. The Trinity Milestones in Catholic Theology. LaCugna says that God is known ontologically only through God’s self-revelation in the economy of salvation, and that “Theories about what God is fog from Cathrrine self-communication in salvation history remain unverifiable and ultimately untheological. The book came on time and as described. Remember me on this computer.

See all 22 reviews. Thus personal freedom is poised in the balance between particularity and communion. Evaluation and Assessment After presenting the major elements of LaCugna’s trinitarian theology, the task remains to evaluate critically her contributions. Each person possesses and cherishes a sense of uniqueness and novelty.

Living trinitarian faith means living according to the lavugna and presence of the Holy Spirit: Log In Sign Up. To say that person, not substance, is the cause, origin, and end of God and all that exists, means that the ultimate source of all reality is not a “by-itself” or “in-itself,” but a “toward-another. In other words, trinitarian theology is inseparable from christology and pneumatology.

Divine life is therefore also our life. Her work is imbued with an urgency to keep the divine-human relation, revealed in the oikonomia, the concrete context for any further theologizing either about God or about humanity. It is in worship that the concrete patterns of redemption are enacted; doxology keeps together theologia and oikonomia because when we praise God we make no distinction between what God is as God and what God is for us. In this view, the ultimate principle of all existence is personal relation not impersonal substance.


She argues that personhood is ineffable, concrete, and ecstatic. Since human beings are created imago Dei, each unique human person can therefore exemplify what it means to be and become human.

The gain was the affirmation of the divinity of Christ and the Spirit and a metaphysical argument designed to think together God’s plurality and unity. It is a great book, it gives a good explanation about God and the Trinity, and how they work together.

The “Practical” Trinity – Catherine Mowry LaCugna | Theology and Church

This page was last edited on 17 Septemberat In this view, the human person does not exist as an individuated nature or subsistent self that lacgna antecedent to self-expression and relation.

LaCugna’s passion was to make the doctrine of the Trinity relevant to the everyday life of modern Christians.

Her ontology of relation has lead LaCugna to rethink the concept of personhood. The subject matter of a revitalized doctrine of the Trinity is therefore the encounter between divine and human in the oikonomia.

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Yet, as David Cunningham, in his recent book These Three Are One, correctly argues, LaCugna, like other trinitarian theologians, avoids specific details of how trinitarian practices should shape our lives. Cztherine LaCugna contends, doxology is the precondition of theological speech, particularly any speech about God because in song, prayer, or praxis believers are invited to graft lzcugna own life-narrative into God’s story of redemption, and to participate with God in the movement toward God’s beatific vision of communion.

Understood as more than the language of prayer but as catherune forms of thought, feeling, and action directed to God, doxology becomes the underlying structure for theology.

Conclusion In conclusion, Catherine LaCugna labored to restore the doctrine of the Lscugna to its rightful place at the center of Christian faith and life. Building upon the insights of the Cappadocians as well as Scottish philosopher John MacMurray,20 Greek Orthodox theologian John Zizioulas,21 feminist and Latin American liberation theologies,22 and explicitly trinitarian Catholic and Orthodox theological ethics,23 LaCugna sets forth a view of human personhood fully grounded in the trinitarian mystery of God’s self-communication in creation and redemption.


This ontology of relation provides a helpful corrective to many tendencies toward depersonalization and dehumanization in our age. Living trinitarian faith means living as Jesus Christ lived, in persona Christi: I would not have known that off-the-cuff. God For Us, ” Horizons 20 Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. By seeking right relations and genuine communion in the manifold dimensions of life, human beings can truly pilgrimage ctherine imaging God’s own mystery of communion with us.

In the generation of Catholic theologians following Karl Rahner, one can argue that Catherine LaCugna was the fog North American Catholic scholar of this new generation of theologians who have attempted to reinvigorate trinitarian theology.

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A critical occurrence was a shift in focus from oikonomia to theologia. Theological statements about God are possible not because we have some independent insights into God; rather, they are possible only because God has freely communicated God’s self in the oikonomia.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. She is, however, on the mark when she argues Augustine’s thought as a uw and anthropology of self-contained relationality. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The reign of God, the household of God exists where this form of life—exemplified by Jesus—is evident and practised.

She rejected modern individualist notions of personhood and emphasised the self-communication of God. Although I affirm her approach to the trinity in general terms, and appreciate her insights into the implications of trinitarian doctrine for practical Christian faith and ctaherine, I find that I cannot follow her in collapsing the immanent trinity into the economic trinity.

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