Augustine: De Trinitate (1577 words)


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Augustine’s De Trinitate is one of his most important works and ranks alongside The Confessions and The City of God in terms of breadth and depth. Like many of his major works, it had an influence on medieval thought, even if it was not always understood. It contributed to language about the Trinity by placing an emphasis on the idea of relationship when discussing the distinctness of the three persons of the godhead. At the same time, Augustine’s search for an understanding of the Trinity by looking at analogies in human beings, understood to be the image of God according to Jewish and Christian scriptures, was an imaginative exploration of philosophical anthropology.

Augustine began writing De …

Citation: Dunham, Scott. "De Trinitate". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 January 2012 [, accessed 24 June 2021.]

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