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TEORE - Colloque : Analytic Theology and the Tri-Personal God : the Trinitarian Renewal in Analytic Tradition

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Analytic Theology and the Tri Personal God : the Trinitarian Renewal in Analytic Tradition

UCL - Louvain - Louvain-la-Neuve 12-14 September

Analytical philosophy of religion was in its early stages an examination of religious beliefs, religious language and the arguments pro or against theism. However many philosophers and theologians work recently on many other topics related to Christian doctrine, around the resurrection, Eucharist, and the nature of the God and the Trinity. This renewal is linked to analytic theology and the analytic philosophy of religion, which utilizes the tools and methods of the analytic tradition for the purposes of a Christian theology,

The traditional doctrine of the Trinity, a central and essential element of Christian theology, was a central topic in this recent renewal. Trinitarian doctrine considers that there are three distinct Persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and that each of these Persons is God. That is to say that the Three Persons are both distinct and identical but it seems to be logically incoherent. The difficulty isn’t just that the doctrine of the Trinity is mysterious. This problem is a serious philosophical problem. On the one hand we have the problem of material constitution. On the other hand, we have the logical problem of the Trinity, or, the threeness-oneness problem. Two traditional camps try to resolve these problems: Latin Trinitarians and Greek (or Social) Trinitarians. Analytical philosophers and theologians explore these main camps: from one side Alvin Plantinga, Richard Swinburne, James Moreland, William L. Craig, etc. defend the social trinitarianism and on the other side, Brian Leftow, William Hasker, and Dale Tuggy defend the Latin trinitarianism. Most recently, two news models defend: the Relative Identity Strategy (Peter Geach, Peter van Inwagen) and the constitutional model (Jeffrey Brower, Michael Rea).

The problematic question we would work on is: what is new in the Trinitarian Renewal in Analytic Tradition? We expect to analyze the analytical contribution to the traditional Trinitarian theology, but also, the problems raised by the analytical approach.

Financed by Universität Innsbruck, John Templeton Foundation, Institut Jean-Nicod

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