Richard Swinburne

Defending the Social Theory of the Trinity

In previous publications I have defended a social theory of the Trinity in terms of three divine 'persons', the Son and Spirit being produced by the Father necessarily in virtue of his perfect goodness. These 'persons' have individual consciousness. I give my a priori argument for the truth of this version of the social theory. I then defend it against objections. In particular I defend it against William Hasker's two objections - that this theory assumes more than one divine essence, and it assumes that the Father 'creates' the other two. I deny that it has these implications; and I give reason to suppose that 'Latin' theory of the Trinity is incoherent.

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