Christ, the Unjust Judge
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(05-26-2020, 04:44 PM)Melkite Wrote: If God is simple, how can he be a trinity?

Three Persons in One Divinity does not undermine the notion of the Simplicity of God, because it is a distinction of relation and not of quantity.

Each Person is fully God, not part of God. So there is no problem with Divine Simplicity and a Trinity of Persons.

(05-26-2020, 04:44 PM)Melkite Wrote: Is there anything in public revelation that demands divine simplicity?  Or is this something theologians have declared a theological certainty based on their philosophising?

Strictly speaking, it is from philosophical reasoning and also taught by the Fathers, particularly St Augustine, but while not directly stated, allusions in Scripture, clearly lead to this conclusion, seeing as when God's attributes are named, none are ever placed above any other.

For instance :
  • "Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord." (Dt 6.4), which is repeated by Christ (Mk 12.29).
  • "'God is a spirit'" (Jn 4.24)
  • "God is faithful" (1 Cor. 1.9)
  • "God is Light and in Him there is no darkness" (1 Jn 1.5)
  • "God is Charity" (1 Jn 4.8)
If you look at the contexts of those attributes, never is this attribute of God ever compared with another attribute or contrasted with it as if one is greater or lesser. God's attributes are often compared with those of man.

Key here is Christ saying that "God is a spirit" because we know that spiritual things are simple. That is the more direct proof from revelation for Divine Simplicity.

St Augustine says in De Trinitate (iv : 6, 7): "God is truly and absolutely simple."

So, based in philosophy, supported by statements from the Fathers, and we have no comparison or division in scripture between attributes of God in Himself, which certainly supports this philosophical notion, and Christ seems to teach it indirectly by saying that "God is a spirit."
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Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Melkite - 05-26-2020, 10:57 AM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by FultonFan - 05-26-2020, 12:09 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Melkite - 05-26-2020, 12:33 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by formerbuddhist - 05-26-2020, 12:52 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by formerbuddhist - 05-26-2020, 12:29 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by xsantiagox - 05-26-2020, 12:31 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Augustinian - 05-26-2020, 01:24 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Augustinian - 05-26-2020, 01:34 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Melkite - 05-26-2020, 01:43 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by piscis - 05-26-2020, 02:01 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Melkite - 05-26-2020, 02:23 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by MagisterMusicae - 05-26-2020, 04:27 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Melkite - 05-26-2020, 04:44 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by MagisterMusicae - 05-26-2020, 06:20 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Melkite - 05-26-2020, 06:35 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by MagisterMusicae - 05-26-2020, 10:05 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Melkite - 05-26-2020, 11:48 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Daniel-AH - 06-11-2020, 11:47 AM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by xsantiagox - 05-26-2020, 04:32 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Melkite - 05-26-2020, 04:46 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by ServusDei - 05-26-2020, 08:41 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by josh987654321 - 05-26-2020, 09:03 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by josh987654321 - 05-26-2020, 09:16 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by LionHippo - 05-26-2020, 10:19 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by josh987654321 - 05-26-2020, 11:56 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by josh987654321 - 05-27-2020, 12:24 AM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Melkite - 06-10-2020, 04:40 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Augustinian - 06-10-2020, 09:52 PM



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