Latin Trinity

Brian Leftow

The Athanasian Creed has it that Christians worship one God in Trinity... the Father is God, the Son is God and the Holy Spirit is God. And yet they are not three Gods, but one God.1

Such odd arithmetic demands explaining. Some explanations begin from the oneness of God, and try to explain just how one God can be three divine Persons.2 As Augustine, Boethius, Anseim and Aquinas pursued this project, let us call it Latin Trinitarianism (LT). I now sketch a Latin view of the Trinity and argue that it is coherent.

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