Original Research - Special Collection: God as One

South African discourse on the Triune God: Some reflections

Ernst M. Conradie
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 75, No 1 | a5483 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i1.5483 | © 2019 Ernst M. Conradie | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 April 2019 | Published: 17 July 2019

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Ernst M. Conradie, Department of Religion and Theology, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa


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Abstract

This contribution offers a critical rejoinder with regard to 12 articles submitted for publication in HTS Theological Studies ‘to stimulate a discussion on the Holy Trinity for the 21st century within the South African environment’. It raises the provocative question: what if these 12 articles may be regarded as a barometer for contemporary South African discourse on the Trinity – even if this is evidently (and hopefully!) not the case? It addressed five questions in this regard: (1) who are the authors that contributed articles and where are they situated? (2) Who are their conversation partners or interlocutors? (3) What issues, themes and problems have they focused on? (4) How is the public significance of the doctrine of the Trinity portrayed within the (South) African context? (5) What issues, themes and problems were not discussed? It concludes that there are crucial problems related to the economic Trinity that are, by and large, not addressed in this set of contributions.


Keywords

Creation; Economic trinity; Filioque; Immanent trinity; Inter-religious dialogue; Salvation; South Africa; Spirit

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