The philosophy of filioque

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Abstract

This paper offers a model of the Trinity dealing with various objections to the filioque clause. I deal with three worries: the problem of double procession; the problem of the Father’s omnipotence; worries about the Spirit’s subordination. The model has two main commitments: (i) relations like proceeding, begetting, generation etc. are causal relations; (ii) each Divine Person is caused by the other two Divine Persons. The model also allows for the Father’s elevation over and above the Spirit and the Son. I end by discussing some problems for this revisionary scheme.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalReligious Studies
Early online date9 May 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 May 2018