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Social Trinitarianism and polytheism

  • BRANDON CAREY (a1)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S003441251000048X
  • Published online: 09 February 2011
Abstract
Abstract

Social Trinitarians attempt to solve the logical problem of the Trinity by claiming that there are three numerically distinct divine persons. A common objection to this view is that it is seemingly committed to the existence of multiple Gods and is therefore polytheistic. I consider Edward Wierenga's response to this objection, as well as two other possible responses, and show that each faces serious philosophical problems. I conclude that, in the absence of a better method of distinguishing the property of being divine from that of being a God, Social Trinitarians are committed to the existence of more than one God.

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J. E. Brower (2004) ‘The problem with Social Trinitarianism: a reply to Wierenga’, Faith and Philosophy, 21, 295303.

B. Leftow (2004) ‘A Latin Trinity’, Faith and Philosophy, 21, 304333.

R. Swinburne (1994) The Christian God (New York: Oxford University Press).

Edward Wierenga (2004) ‘Trinity and polytheism’, Faith and Philosophy, 21, 281294.

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Religious Studies
  • ISSN: 0034-4125
  • EISSN: 1469-901X
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