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The Trinity: Prototype of Real Existence or Danger to Political Wellbeing? Tanner, Volf, and Yannaras in Conversation

Centre for Public and Contextual Theology, Charles Sturt University, Canberra 2600, Australia
Academic Editors: Anastasia Mitrofanova and Sharyl Cross
Religions 2021, 12(11), 998; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12110998
Received: 28 September 2021 / Revised: 11 November 2021 / Accepted: 11 November 2021 / Published: 14 November 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Politicization of Religion from a Global Perspective)
Kathryn Tanner maintains that political theologies based on the Trinity are not only unsound, but potentially dangerous. Her primary concern is that the Trinity, by definition, cannot serve as a “model” for human socio-political organization. Miroslav Volf, while sharing Tanner’s sense that Trinitarian political theologies are fraught, nevertheless, maintains that the Trinity can serve as a “vision” for human socio-political relations, albeit not as a “program”. This article brings Tanner and Volf into conversation with Eastern Orthodox philosopher-theologian Christos Yannaras, whose Trinitarian political theology regards the Trinity as the “prototype” or “archetype” of a mode of existence in which humans can participate by transcending their natures, with the aim of realizing truth. This article argues that Yannaras offers a novel way of conceptualizing Trinitarian political theology which escapes Tanner and Volf’s criticisms, on the one hand, and offers Social Trinitarianism a fresh and fertile perspective that could advance its discourse. View Full-Text
Keywords: Kathryn Tanner; Miroslav Volf; Christos Yannaras; Trinity; political theology; existence; Social Trinitarianism Kathryn Tanner; Miroslav Volf; Christos Yannaras; Trinity; political theology; existence; Social Trinitarianism
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Cole, J. The Trinity: Prototype of Real Existence or Danger to Political Wellbeing? Tanner, Volf, and Yannaras in Conversation. Religions 2021, 12, 998. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12110998

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Cole J. The Trinity: Prototype of Real Existence or Danger to Political Wellbeing? Tanner, Volf, and Yannaras in Conversation. Religions. 2021; 12(11):998. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12110998

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Cole, Jonathan. 2021. "The Trinity: Prototype of Real Existence or Danger to Political Wellbeing? Tanner, Volf, and Yannaras in Conversation" Religions 12, no. 11: 998. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12110998

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