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Title: Augustine and the Trinity
Author: Ayres, Lewis
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2010
Paperback; ISBN: 9781107689282
Volumes: 1; Pages: 280
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Augustine of Hippo (354-430) strongly influenced western theology, but he has often been accused of over-emphasizing the unity of God to the detriment of the Trinity. In this book Lewis Ayres demonstrates how Augustine's writings actually offer one of the most sophisticated and persuasive of Nicene Trinitarian theologies. Culminating recent research by scholars in Europe and the US, Ayres argues that Augustine's earliest Trinitarian writings drew on a variety of earlier Latin traditions which stressed the irreducibility of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as well as on the Neo-Platonist philosopher Plotinus. Ayres then demonstrates how Augustine's mature writings offer an elaborate and unexpected account of the Trinity as defined by the inter-personal life of Father, Son and Spirit. Ayres also shows that Augustine shaped an account of Christian ascent toward understanding of and participation in the divine life which begins in faith and models itself on Christ's humility.
Part I. Origins
1. Giving wings to Nicaea
2. Through Him, with Him and in Him
3. Faith of our fathers: De fide et symbolo
Part II. Ascent
4. The unadorned Trinity; Excursus 1: The dating of the De trinitate
5. Per corporalia--ad incorporalia
6. A Christological epistemology; Excursus 2: Polemical targets in the De trinitate
Part III. Into the Mystery
7. Recommending the source
8. Essence from essence
9. Showing, seeing and loving
10. Loving and being
Part IV. Memory, Intelligence and Will
11. 'But it's not fur eatin'--'
12. '--It's just fur lookin' through'
Epilogue: catching all three