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C. S. Lewis and the Christian Worldview$
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Michael L. Peterson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190201111

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190201111.001.0001

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The Social God and the Relational Creation

The Social God and the Relational Creation

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(p.95) 7 The Social God and the Relational Creation
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C. S. Lewis and the Christian Worldview
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Michael L. Peterson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190201111.003.0008

Although Lewis’s emphasis on the Incarnation is well known, his emphasis on the doctrine of the Trinity is less well known because it is less concrete, more subtle, and expressed in his creative imagery. The theme of God as “the Great Dance”—borrowed from Gregory of Nazianzus—is communicated through an image of dynamism and movement rather than a static, inert object. To imagine the Trinitarian God as the Great Dance is to say that the inner life of God is social and relational, seeking to draw the rest of creation into that Dance which has been going on in God forever. The idea of the social Trinity is a backdrop for seeing human redemption not so much in juridical and legal terms but in terms of the Self-Giving, Self-Living Life at the heart of reality seeking to live and grow in our lives. How, then, could those who participate in that Life of unending beatitude not experience and reflect joy, love, and peace?

Keywords:   Trinity, social Trinity, the Great Dance, relational God, relational universe

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