God, the Giver of Life

JPI 922

In order to deepen our understanding of Christ’s revelation of God as a mystery of Triune Love, this seminar examines three related pneumatological themes. With the help of some Fathers of the Church and medieval theologians, the first area of issues explores the relation between Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit as they carried the mission assigned by the Father . The second part ponders the distinctive character of the third hypostasis in light of Eastern and Western pneumatologies (F. Bourassa, H. Mühlen, S. Bulgakov). The last part of the seminar seeks to meditate on the Triune mystery as such from an entry point that the “we-person” has opened up: the trinity as a communion of persons. It studies at three controversial contemporary authors who have had much influence in current Trinitarian theology: J. Moltmann, C. M. LaCugna, and L. Boff.

Course Texts for Fall 2020

• John Paul II, Dominum et vivificantem (available at www.vatican.va)
• St. Basil the Great, On the Holy Spirit (Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2001). ISBN: 0913836745
• Sergius Bulgakov, The Comforter, trans. Boris Jakim (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004). ISBN: 080282112X
• Heribert Mühlen, Der Heilige Geist als Person. In der Trinität, bei der Inkarnation und im Gnadenbund. ICH-DU-WIR (Münster: Aschendorff, 19885th), pp. 100-169. (Hand-out)
• François Bourassa, Questions de Théologie Trinitaire (Rome : PUG, 1970), pp. 59-238. (Hand-out)
• Jürgen Moltmann, The Trinity and the Kingdom, trans. Margaret Kohl (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993). ISBN: 080062825X
• Catherine M. Lacugna, God For Us: The Trinity and Christian Life (San Francisco: Harper, 1973). ISBN: 0060649135
• Leonardo Boff, Trinity and Society, trans. Paul Burns (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2005). ISBN: 1597521388

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