About Providence, Divine Action and the Church

In this blog, Terry J. Wright posts thoughts and shares research on the Christian doctrine of providence. This doctrine testifies to God’s provision for all things through creation’s high priest, the man Christ Jesus. However, the precise meaning and manner of this provision is a perpetually open question, and this blog is a forum for discussion of the many issues relating to providence and the place of the Church within God’s action.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Random Thoughts (3)

[10] The Church is not the image of the Trinity; the Church is the body of Jesus Christ. On this account, the Church is drawn into the Spirit-enlivened, Spirit-enriched relationship between the incarnate Son and his heavenly Father.

[11]Moreover, the Trinity does not provide a model for human relationships. This is because human relationships are transformed in Christ and incorporated into the life of the triune God.

[12]What exactly is God? It’s argued that God’s essence is unknowable. But how far is this idea conceptually similar to the idea of Platonic forms and Kant’s noumena? Each of these things posits a reality that underlies the world of particulars, so how far is the divine essence simply the positing of a reality that underlies the three divine persons?

1 comment:

  1. Although the Trinity does not provide a direct model I believe that it can be a classic example of leadership/authority not being hierarchical.

    By which I mean that headship or leadership doesn't have to follow a model of domination or aggressive leadership as the fact that Holy Spirit's role is to honour Jesus does not mean he has a diminutive role. There is a form of leadership in the Trinity but an equality of parts. Of course this is gross oversimmplification but anything other than gross oversimplification when dealing with the Trinity is virtually impossible.


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