Communio Personarum: The Triune God

JPI 620/813

This course seeks to account for the understanding of God as a communion of persons that is foundational for John Paul II’s anthropology and nuptial sacramental theology. God reveals himself in Jesus Christ as a threefold, personal communion of absolute love. The human being is created in the image of this Triune mystery of Love and destined to share in its eternal life. Through a close reading of the writings of the Latin and Cappadocian Fathers as well as some medieval authors, the course explores the adequate understanding of “communion” and of “person.” In a second part, the course examines the adequacy of John Paul II’s understanding of imago Dei.

Course Texts for Fall 2017

  • Augustine. The Trinity. Translated by Edmund Hill, O.P. New York, NY: New City Press, 2015. ISBN: 0-911782-96-6.
  • Ratzinger, Joseph. Introduction to Christianity. Translated by J. R. Foster. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2004. ISBN: 978-1586170295.
  • Balthasar, Hans Urs von. Theo-Drama: Theological Dramatic Theory. vol. V: The Last Act.  Translated by Graham Harrison. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1998. ISBN: 0-89870-689-0.
  • Balthasar, Hans Urs von. Theo-logic. vol. II: Truth of God. Translated by Adrian J. Walker. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2004. ISBN: 978-0898707199.
  • López, Antonio. Gift and the Unity of Being. Eugene: Cascade Books, 2014. ISBN: 9781620326671.
  • Course compendium – available from University Readers
  • Other texts to be downloaded from the internet

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