Trinitarian Speculation and the Forms of Divine Disclosure
David Tracy begins by summarizing the difficulties caused for trinitarian theology by three fatal modern ‘separations’: between feeling and thought, between theory and practice, and between form and content. He concentrates on the third ‘separation’. After recalling the general Western tradition that reality is manifested in and through harmonious form, Tracy discusses the three main realistic forms for the emergence of trinitarian understanding: the realistic, history‐like narratives of the Gospels, the liturgical trinitarian formulae, and the doctrinal forms of the early councils. He ends by defending the speculative form of trinitarian theology as found in Western theology in general, and in the trinitarian speculations of Eckhart and Ruusbroec, in particular.
Keywords: doctrinal, Eckhart, feeling and thought, form and content, Gospel narratives, liturgical, modern separations, realistic forms, Ruusbroec, speculative, Tracy, trinitarian understanding, Western tradition
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