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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Ships from and sold by Amazon. She thus claims that an essential, not strict, distinction between “God” and “God for us” remains epistemologically and conceptually unavoidable in order to uphold divine freedom as well as to avoid collapsing the “immanent Trinity” into the “economic Trinity. Evaluation and Assessment After presenting the major elements of LaCugna’s trinitarian theology, the task remains to evaluate critically her contributions.

The result was Christian justification of hierarchy, exclusion, and patterns of domination. Archived from the original on Hence, the point of the doctrine of the Trinity is the relationship and communion among persons, divine and human.

The reason for the selection is simply that the history of Christian thought has, until recent decades, been largely a male story. I would not have known that off-the-cuff. Thus personal freedom is poised in the balance between particularity and communion. God, Sexuality, and the Self: East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, Perichoresis can connote an ever-changing and yet ever-constant integration and influence of relations, both positive and negative.

For LaCugna, the doctrine of the trinity is a way of contemplating the mystery of God and of ourselves, a heuristic framework for correct thought about God and ourselves in relation to God.

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Paul Burns Maryknoll, NY: She worked hard in nuancing her language to keep from this Label and valued historical scholarship too much to veer off course that much She did meticulous research of early, sometimes lesser known, tradional thought and used her poetic imagination to weave a coherent language of beauty She is worth a deeper read than you give her. Help Center Find new research papers in: To live trinitarian faith means to challenge whatever in the church’s life, structure, and ways of operating falls short of the sacramentality of the church as the community of love which embodies God’s presence in the world.


It is a great book, it gives a good explanation about God and the Trinity, and how they work together. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Indeed, trinitarian theology is a theology of relationship: Write a customer review. I have been reading Barth again recently and so wanted have LaCugna’s views on the Trinitarian background info Barth used.

Is her relational ontology a universalizing structure? The rethinking of human personhood in a trinitarian perspective is a call to the activity of mutuality, just relating, and friendship, to a way that deepens, extends, and embodies communion and solidarity. God For Us, ” Horizons 20 Living God’s life also means living according to the power of the Spirit: 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.

She argues that personhood is ineffable, concrete, and ecstatic. Her work is imbued with an urgency to keep the divine-human relation, revealed in the oikonomia, the concrete context for any further theologizing either about God or about humanity.

As a corrective, LaCugna maintains that the human person is theonomous: Living trinitarian faith means living according to the power and presence of the Holy Spirit: Roman Catholic Perspectives, vol. Views Read Edit View history. A great strength of her work consists in demonstrating how the doctrine of the Trinity is not primarily a formal statement about God’s eternal and internal self-relatedness of an exploration of the relationships within the Godhead.

The “Practical” Trinity – Catherine Mowry LaCugna | Theology and Church

The purpose of the discipline of theology is to contemplate and serve that economy, to throw light on it if possible, so that we may behold the glory of God, doxa theoufkr more acutely.


Led by the Spirit more deeply into the catehrine of Christ, we see the unveiled face of the living God. Read more Read less. Harper and Brothers, I am usually troubled that my selection is entirely male, although thankfully, that is now beginning to change with some outstanding female theologians emerging.

This takes some concentration is worth the effort.

I had Catherine LaCugna as a professor before she died. The copyright holder for an entire issue of a journal typically is the journal owner, who also may own the copyright in each article.

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Too much Latin and Greek for a theological wannabe but, well worth the effort to slug through. While God comes from no one bod from nothing, God is, by God’s very nature, person as relation to other persons. For you to remember after so many years speaks of how dear she was to you.

Although I affirm her approach to the trinity in general terms, and appreciate her insights cathedine the implications of trinitarian doctrine for practical Christian faith and life, I find that I cannot follow her in collapsing the immanent trinity into the economic trinity.

Nevertheless, God is more than has been revealed though not other than what has been revealed. 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.

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