The Doctrine Of The Trinity

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Since the Nicene Council church patriarchs and theologians have toiled to communicate the principle of the Trinity as a doctrine in the Christian church. Our class readings from Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Karl Barth, and Elizabeth Tanner reveal the necessity for discussion about the trinity to evolve throughout the last 1500 years of Christian theology in order for the doctrine to be modernized to the lexical and social understanding of contemporary Christians. Although Augustine may be one of the Fathers of Trinitarian Theology, his fifth century Trinitarian theology has not progressed compatibly in regards to twenty-first century linguistics, rhetoric, and philosophy. In order to understand the limitations of Augustine’s doctrine of the trinities, we will study Augustine’s teachings lexically, allegorically, and relationally. Augustine’s work On the Trinity still remain a scholar source of Trinitarian theology. This is especially noteworthy since Augustine complete the work just decades after Trinitarian controversies began within the church. For this reason Augustine can be credited with documenting primary parts of Trinitarian doctrine. Included in these are regarding the coeternal and consubstantial three individual entities that are contained with one substance. While much of Augustine’s theology is still proven to be correct, his rhetorical and lexical limitations cause some of his doctrine to be confusing or misunderstood by later generations of the church.

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