GOD FOR US AND WITH US: THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF CATHERINE LACUGNA’S TRINITARIAN THEOLOGY* Mark S. Medley Campbellsville University. An extraordinary work that revitalizes theology and Christian life by recovering the early roots of Trinitarian doctrine and exploring the enduringly practical. At the heart of all reality, including the household of God, is the personal God whose being God for Us by Catherine Mowry LaCugna.

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Too often talk about the immanent Trinity has devolved into an overconfident, literal description of the mystery and reality of God. It is a great book, it gives a good explanation about God and the Trinity, and how they work together.

The methodological basis of her work, the unity of oikonomia and theologia, has attestation in the tradition, matches the pattern of biblical and liturgical language, and most significant of all, it is not contingent upon substance metaphysics. The only appropriate response to the mystery of God revealed in the oikonomia is adoration. Speech about God increasingly reflected the “God of the philosophers” of Western theism far more than the God to whom the Bible gives witness.

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Yet God’s presence to us does not exhaust without remainder the absolute mystery of God. Log In Sign Up. Set up a giveaway. The historical development of the doctrine of the Trinity is quite impressive lacugnaa the standpoint of intellectual vigor and speculative attainment. Any and every effort to speak of an immanent Trinity pertains to the face of God turned toward creation.

The “defeat” of trinitarian theology in both the East and West occurred because it became an esoteric exposition of the “inner life” of God that was unrelated to human beings and to our lives in the world. The cross is the central symbol of Christianity because it expresses, by way of a seeming contradiction, that gd “heart” or essence of God, that which makes God to be God, is love that triumphs over non-being. 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.


Post-Nicene theology increasingly began from above, in a deductive manner; consequently it was separated from the pressing matters of soteriology. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. However, for certain articles, the author of the article may maintain the copyright in the lacugns. This metaphorical image of choreography speaks of relational irruption in which there is no blurring of personal particularity, yet neither is there disconnection.

Yet, the consequence of their efforts, however unintentional, was to open a way that would lead to de-emphasizing God’s presence to us in the economy of redemption and moving trinitarian theology further into abstraction divorced from God’s oikonomia.

It follows that theologia can only be theologia of the oikonomia, that is, a theology of God’s redemptive activity within history. You will not be disappointed.

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Living trinitarian faith entails living as Jesus did: Since human beings are created imago Dei, each unique human person can therefore exemplify what it means to be and become human. Broaden your understanding of God with this book.

The Trinity is no longer caatherine as a worn-out relic of the past. Roman Catholic Perspectives, vol. Although critical of their focus on theologia disjoined from oikonomia, LaCugna contends that the creative insights of the Cappadocians offer a more helpful perspective on personhood grounded in the doctrine of the Trinity.

Conclusion In conclusion, Catherine LaCugna labored to restore the doctrine of the Trinity to its rightful place at catherkne center of Christian faith and life.

God for Us: The Trinity and Christian Life – Catherine M. Lacugna – Google Books

The loss, according to LaCugna, was the centrality of soteriology to theology proper. In other words, trinitarian theology is inseparable from christology and pneumatology.

Any use, decompiling, reproduction, or distribution of this journal in excess of fair use provisions may be a violation of copyright law. According to LaCugna, Christian orthopraxis must correspond to what we believe to be true about God, and what is true about God is known via his activity in the economy of salvation.

This ontology of relation provides a helpful corrective to many tendencies toward depersonalization and dehumanization in our age.

The Trinity and the Kingdom. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. No content may be copied or emailed to multiple sites or publicly posted without the cathefine holder s ‘ express written permission. While much is really well written, you are wrong in your conclusion.


Any discussion of an immanent trinitarian theology cannot be a description of God’s essence if that essence is thought of apart from Christ and the Spirit. For LaCugna, the doctrine of the trinity is a way of contemplating the mystery of God and of ourselves, a heuristic framework for correct thought about God and ourselves in relation to God.

Beginnings of a Moral Revolution,” Theological Studies 36 Personhood is often reduced to individual self-consciousness or to a mere product of social relations. At the heart of all reality, including the household of God, is the personal God whose being is communion, the God who exists toward and for another. The immanent Trinity is not transhistorical, transempirical, or transeconomic. There is no room for elitism, clericalism, sexism, racism or any other form of domination in the community of the baptized.

Skip to main content. Medley Campbellsville University Campbellsville, Kentucky In the last thirty years new life has been breathed into theological discussions of the doctrine of the Trinity. Furthermore, it resulted in a doctrine of the Trinity that employed a concept of personhood focused on individual consciousness and its internal differentiations.

Your email address will not be published. In this view, the human person does not exist as an individuated nature or subsistent self that is antecedent to self-expression and relation. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

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The feminist Catholic theologian died prematurely in Mayat only forty-four years of age. While both Latin and Greek theology support the principle that personhood is the meaning of being, LaCugna maintains that the Latin theological tradition took a wrong turn with its focus on substance, or ousia, in formulating a doctrine of the Trinity.

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