Essay on The Doctrine Of Trinity : A Mystery Of God

730 Words Apr 21st, 2016 3 Pages
According to Barth, the Doctrine of Trinity states that the “God in Himself is eternally God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit” and he cannot be judged for his work and activity. Catherine LaCugna, Sallie McFague, and Elizabeth Johnson have views that contradict with Barth’s views.
Catherine LaCaugna’s thinking is not shaped by who God really is. She says that there is a mystery of communion. This mystery of communion includes both humans and God as beloved partners. She also refuses the existence of economic and immanent trinity and says that there is only “oikonomia”, which is “the concrete realization of the mystery of God.” She refuses trinity in se and says that “the life of god is not something that belongs to God alone”, it is in relation to the human beings. Moreover, she also says that the Doctrine of Trinity is not the teaching of the god alone, but the teaching of God’s life with us and in relation to us. Barth would strongly disagree with this statement of LaCugna. If we try to know about God’s life in relation to us, it leads to subjectivism. And moreover, God does not depend on us to define himself. Barth would also disagree with her when she says we become like God by grace. He would disagree because no human can be as loving as God, God sent his own son to reveal himself and let his son die to free humans from sin. Barth says we cannot describe god based on his work and activity. He does not depend on us, but we depend on him. LaCugna falls into pantheism…

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