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God for Us: Reclaiming LaCugna’s contribution for the Church

Maidment, Ross J. 2020. God for Us: Reclaiming LaCugna’s contribution for the Church. MPhil Thesis, Cardiff University.
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This thesis seeks to reclaim Catherine Mowry LaCugna’s contribution to the ongoing development of Trinitarian thought for the life of the Church. Drawing her acclaimed work God for Us (1991) into dialogue with other thinkers, it offers both an analysis and defence of LaCugna’s unique contribution. It reveals the potential of her project - namely, it demonstrates how LaCugna’s doctrine of God might indeed ensure that the doctrine of the Trinity is relevant for every facet of the Christian life. It demonstrates how LaCugna’s model of God’s triune life may inform developing ecclesiologies, in many cases for the first time. The shape of the analysis is provided thematically, with six chapters focusing on some aspect of LaCugna’s doctrine of God. Chapters 1 and 2 provide an examination of the so-called ‘recession’ and ‘recovery’ of the doctrine of the Trinity during the scholastic era for the former, and for the latter in the late twentieth century. Chapter 3 explains how doxological living draws us into God’s-life-for-us, orientating us toward right relationship with God and one another. Chapter 4 brings to light the biblical justification for LaCugna’s social doctrine of God. Chapter 5 draws on the exegetical discussion in Chapter 4, drawing out God’s invitation to humanity to participate in God’s triune life. Chapter 6 demonstrates how LaCugna’s contribution might be of value for the Church in Wales, who in her centenary year, continues to respond to decline by developing and implementing new ministry practices in light of the so called 2020 Vision. These and other insights shape the contribution of this thesis. It is offered as a celebration of LaCugna’s significant and yet insufficiently appreciated bequest to the Church.

Item Type: Thesis (MPhil)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
Funders: Church in Wales
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 May 2021
Last Modified: 05 May 2022 01:30

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