Gott von ewigkeit zu ewigkeit: Luthers trinitätsverständnis

Translated title of the contribution: God from eternity to eternity: Luther's understanding of the Trinity

Christine Helmer*

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In this essay, the author proposes and makes use of the genre-language methodology to investigate Luther's understanding of the Trinity. The differential between res and verbum is crucial for seeing how Luther uses reason, illuminated by faith, to investigate the Trinity, particularly the inner Trinity. On the one hand, medieval philosophical tools (semantics, logic, metaphysics) are applied to determine the trinitarian res; on the other hand, the res is related to the soteriologically determined verbum. Representative texts from three genres, the disputatio, the hymn and the sermon, are studied. The inner Trinity in eternity is discussed in terms of its propositional truth and as the beginning of a narrative, that is plotted by sites of speech revealing each trinitarian person.

Translated title of the contributionGod from eternity to eternity: Luther's understanding of the Trinity
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalNeue Zeitschrift fur Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy


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