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Sandra Visser and Thomas Williams

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309386

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309386.001.0001

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The Trinity

The Trinity

(p.133) 9 The Trinity

Sandra Visser

Thomas Williams

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks in detail at the Trinity. After examining the metaphysics of the Trinity as Anselm understands it, it turns to his constructive arguments for the doctrine: first for the divinity of the Word; second, for the distinctness of the Word from the Father; and third, for the procession of the Holy Spirit from both Father and Word. There are two works in which Anselm engages philosophically with Trinitarian doctrine. In the Monologion, he makes his constructive case for the doctrine, and in De incarnatione Verbi he clarifies the metaphysics of the Trinity in order to meet a challenge posed by Roscelin of Compiégne.

Keywords:   De trinitate, Trinity, Holy Spirit, Father, Word, De incarnatione Verbi, Roscelin of Compiégne

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