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date: 24 May 2020

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This chapter introduces Catholic Trinitarian theology in dogmatic and historical perspective. The first section of the chapter concerns the principal patristic developments and the limitations of the relevant conciliar and dogmatic statements. The next section of the chapter considers and reasseses the speculative intent and decisive contribution of Thomas Aquinas’s Trinitarian theology, particularly with regard to the concept of the divine person. The chapter then offers a summary of the main themes of the contemporary renewal in the study of the Trinity. Finally, the chapter suggests new paths for a fruitful dialogue between Trinitarian doctrine and contemporary philosophy in the field of ethics.

Keywords: monotheism, Trinity, Thomas Aquinas, person, ethics, vocation, reciprocity

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