GOD FOR US AND WITH US: THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF CATHERINE LACUGNA’S TRINITARIAN THEOLOGY* Mark S. Medley Campbellsville University. An extraordinary work that revitalizes theology and Christian life by recovering the early roots of Trinitarian doctrine and exploring the enduringly practical. At the heart of all reality, including the household of God, is the personal God whose being God for Us by Catherine Mowry LaCugna.

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There is no room for elitism, clericalism, sexism, racism or any other form of domination in the community of the baptized. Archived from the original on Views Read Edit View history. Evaluation and Assessment After presenting the major elements of LaCugna’s trinitarian theology, the task lacugnna to evaluate critically her contributions. She rejected modern individualist notions of personhood and emphasised the self-communication of God.

Each person possesses and cherishes a sense of uniqueness and novelty. Building upon the insights of the Cappadocians as well as Scottish philosopher John MacMurray,20 Greek Orthodox theologian John Zizioulas,21 feminist and Latin American liberation theologies,22 and explicitly trinitarian Catholic and Orthodox theological ethics,23 LaCugna sets forth a view of human personhood fully grounded in the trinitarian mystery of God’s self-communication in creation and redemption.

From the Publisher A brilliant theologian revitalizes theology and Christian life by recovering the early Christian roots of God catherinee Trinity. Questions raised by Arius regarding the suffering of Jesus Christ and whether God is capable or incapable of being in real relationship with creation forced early Christian theology to address the issue of the coequality of the divine persons on a metaphysical, intradivine basis.

Led by the Spirit more deeply into the life of Christ, we see the unveiled face llacugna the living God. Thus trinitarian theology is sustained reflection rooted in the historical experience of God gld on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ and the continuing presence of God as Spirit.


Jesus is both the exemplar and the criterion of the gid of God, both in his life and in his teaching.

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I don’t know why it took me so long to pick up this book, published more than two decades ago, but it has proven to be revelatory. Retrieved from ” https: Similarly, theologia is not the Trinity in se butmuch more modestly and simply, the mystery of God. Basil Blackwell Publishers, Insisting that the essence of God is incomprehensible, the Cappadocians attempted to distinguish between two Greek terms that had been used interchangeably in trinitarian reflection: I would contend that she makes a very strong case for understanding the doctrine of the Trinity as a practical and pastoral doctrine.

The effect of Augustinian theology helped to solidify an individualistic conception of personhood. For LaCugna, soteriology and doxology are thus permanently linked. Becoming human can thus be understood as imago Trinitatis.

Although her life was cut way too short by illness, I am persuaded that theological and ecclesial communities in the future will look upon her work as a high watermark of studies of the doctrine of Trinity in the latter part of the 20th century. As LaCugna contends, doxology is the precondition of theological speech, particularly any speech about God because in song, prayer, or praxis believers are invited to graft their own life-narrative into God’s story of redemption, and to participate with God in the movement toward God’s beatific vision of communion.

It celebrates the creative self-fashioning that does not lead to an individual but to a self who is a chorus of not necessarily harmonious voices, a manifold project, a polyglossia that is as much in us as in the world in which we inhabit.

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According to LaCugna, Christian orthopraxis must correspond to what we believe to be true about God, and what is true about God is known via his activity in the economy of salvation. It also gives on the opportunity to dare think of their personal God and how life can be happier with such knowledge that leads to a relationship with God.


Thus a trinitarian interpretation of personhood has a Christie and pneumatic dimension.

Write a customer review. Instead, a new generation of theologians considers trinitarian theology the appropriate framework within which to reconstruct Christian faith, doctrine, and practice.

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God who dwells in inaccessible light and eternal glory comes to us in the face of Christ and the activity of the Holy Spirit. Yes, it is theology in its most basic etymological sense: Since human beings are created imago Dei, each unique human person can therefore exemplify what it means to be and become human.

She shows how understanding God as a community of persons is vital to the living of Christian faith. Too often talk about the immanent Trinity has devolved into an overconfident, literal description of the mystery and reality of God.

It challenges, critiques, and proffers a vision of transformation of relations that are abusive, distorting, and dysfunctional.

I prefer to follow Barth here, and the tradition more generally, than Rahner or Moltmann. The Trinity is no longer viewed as a worn-out relic of the past.

I had read it while in seminary and then it was subsequently destroyed when my study at the church was broken into. Buy the selected items together This item: The worship of the Christian community is thus emphasized as the privileged setting for trinitarian lacigna.

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