GOD FOR US AND WITH US: THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF CATHERINE LACUGNA’S TRINITARIAN THEOLOGY* Mark S. Medley Campbellsville University. An extraordinary work that revitalizes theology and Christian life by recovering the early roots of Trinitarian doctrine and exploring the enduringly practical. At the heart of all reality, including the household of God, is the personal God whose being God for Us by Catherine Mowry LaCugna.

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I will confine my remarks to four areas: According to LaCugna, the church father Augustine furthered this divide between economic and immanent Trinity with his psychological model of the Trinity, which described the inner life of God as being like a human’s memory, intellect, and will.

The loss, according to LaCugna, was the centrality of soteriology to theology proper.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. LaCugna lacugma that God is known ontologically only through God’s self-revelation in the economy of salvation, and that “Theories about what God is apart from God’s self-communication in salvation history remain unverifiable and ultimately untheological. She thus claims that an essential, not strict, distinction between “God” and “God for us” remains epistemologically catherije conceptually unavoidable in order to uphold divine freedom as caherine as to avoid collapsing the “immanent Trinity” into the “economic Trinity.

The reason for the selection is simply that the history of Christian thought has, until recent decades, been largely a male story. No content may be copied or emailed to multiple sites or publicly posted without the copyright holder s ‘ express written permission.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. She is, however, on the mark when she argues Augustine’s thought as a theology and anthropology of self-contained relationality. In the generation of Catholic theologians following Karl Rahner, one can argue that Catherine LaCugna was the leading North American Catholic scholar of this new generation of theologians who have attempted to reinvigorate trinitarian theology.

Thus personal freedom is poised in the balance between particularity and communion.


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It is a great book, it gives a good explanation about God and the Trinity, and how they work together. LaCugna’s insistence on the unity of oikonomia and theologia means that the focus of the doctrine of the Trinity is the communion between the divine and the human.

I am glad I qualified my remark as I did! Each person possesses and cherishes a sense of uniqueness and novelty. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your vod address will not be published.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. LaCugna is appreciative of the originality of Augustine’s trinitarian theology.

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It is in worship that the concrete patterns of redemption are enacted; doxology keeps together theologia and oikonomia because when we praise God we make no distinction between what God is as God and what God is for us.

Conclusion In conclusion, Catherine LaCugna labored to restore the doctrine of the Trinity to its rightful place at the center of Christian uz and life. For some, her circumspect approach to speaking of God’s inner life leaves the impression that God is but a function of human experience and community. That is, to imagine a church and a society grounded in values of communion, inclusion, relationship, personhood, equality, mutuality and generous self-giving service.

As an icon, the doctrine is an image to contemplate, to look through and beyond, toward a reality that eludes all discursive knowledge and evokes praise.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The Trinity and the Kingdom. Her work is imbued with an gos to keep the divine-human relation, revealed in the oikonomia, the concrete context for any further theologizing either about God or about humanity.

In this view, the ultimate principle of all existence is personal relation not impersonal substance.

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Indeed, trinitarian theology is a theology of relationship: Woundedness from the Perspective of the Sinned-Against. It follows that theologia can only be theologia of the oikonomia, that is, a theology of God’s redemptive activity within cathherine. Although her life was cut way too short by illness, I am persuaded that theological and ecclesial communities in the future will look upon her work as a high watermark of studies of the doctrine of Trinity in the latter part of the 20th century.


The Other Side of Sin: I knew her personally, was her student and I can assure you that She was most definitely not a panentheist. The resulting fissure, however slight, between oikonomia and theologia in Post-Nicene theology was the first step down a slippery slope toward the defeat and marginalization of the Trinity.

The Essentials of Theology in Feminist Perspective, ed. LaCungna defines perichoresis as “permeation-without-confusion.

Medley Campbellsville University Campbellsville, Kentucky In the last thirty years new life has been breathed into theological discussions of the doctrine of the Trinity. Despite Cunningham’s criticism, LaCugna has pointed out the practical implications for ecclesial and sacramental life. Enjoyed rereading this volume very much. God, Sexuality, and the Self: There, she taught systematic theology to graduate and undergraduate students, eventually holding the Nancy Reeves Dreux Chair of Theology at the University of Notre Dame.

There is no room for elitism, clericalism, sexism, racism or any other form of domination in the community of the baptized. But it is much more. The theological defeat of the Trinity was also its political defeat, argues LaCugna. Nor is the immanent Trinity a “more real” God—more real because the mode of discourse used to describe it is ontological. By seeking right relations and genuine communion in the manifold dimensions of life, human beings can truly pilgrimage toward imaging God’s own mystery of communion with us.

Perichoresis can connote an ever-changing and yet ever-constant integration and influence of relations, both positive and negative. Customers who bought this item also bought.

I’m skipping some parts now to come back to later. At this point the reader may be wondering what LaCugna claims about the relations between the persons of the Trinity within the divine life.