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Divine MultiplicityTrinities, Diversities, and the Nature of Relation$
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Chris Boesel and S. Wesley Ariarajah

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823253951

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823253951.001.0001

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Divine Relationality and (the Methodological Constraints of) the Gospel as Piece of News

Divine Relationality and (the Methodological Constraints of) the Gospel as Piece of News

Tracing the Limits of Trinitarian Ethics

(p.252) Divine Relationality and (the Methodological Constraints of) the Gospel as Piece of News
Divine Multiplicity

Chris Bosel

Fordham University Press

This chapter suggests that the difference between traditional approaches to the doctrine of the Trinity, on the one hand, and various contemporary progressive transformations of Trinitarian theology, on the other, may not be the difference between exclusion in the former case and inclusion in the latter. It asks, rather, if we might be confronted here with two forms, or modes, of exclusion. It revisits the initial, traditional problem of exclusion entailed in the Christian particularism of the doctrine of the Trinity by way of the preeminent Christian particularist, Karl Barth. It suggests that contemporary theological remedies of said particularism, in prescribing inclusion, inevitably encounter their own problems of exclusion; and if this is the case, then perhaps the traditional problem of exclusion might be discovered to have some unexpected resources of inclusion—indeed, even resources not entirely foreign to a progressive ethics of relationality. The goal is not simply to make a pitch for the tradition, or for Barth; it is to get some clarity on the complexity of the limits of trinitarian ethics, such that our decisions in relation to both traditional and contemporary theological voices and resources become more informed, more responsible, and more difficult.

Keywords:   trinitarian theology, Trinity, Christian particularism, Karl Barth, inclusion, exclusion

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