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date: 26 November 2020

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Perhaps no doctrine of theology is more ubiquitous than that of the divine attributes or perfections. It is certainly possible to be redeemed without any notion of redemption. At times it has been proposed that Christians should restrict their language to biblical terms and so refuse to engage in Christological or trinitarian theology. It is, however, impossible to speak about or to God without some commitment concerning the divine attributes. A sentence that begins ‘God is’ already betrays a doctrine of the divine perfections. This article looks at five issues that give shape to an account of the divine perfections: an issue of derivation, an issue of span, a problem of analogy, a philosophical problem of definition, and a historical problem concerning the relationship of certain divine attributes to other areas of theology.

Keywords: divine perfections, theology, God, divine attributes, redemption, Christology

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