Thomas Aquinas’ Metaphysics of ‘Relation’ and ‘Participation’ and Contemporary Trinitarian Theology1
Article first published online: 9 JUN 2012
© 2012 The Author. New Blackfriars © 2012 The Dominican Council.
Volume 93, Issue 1048, pages 652–670, November 2012
How to Cite
Awad, N. (2012), Thomas Aquinas’ Metaphysics of ‘Relation’ and ‘Participation’ and Contemporary Trinitarian Theology. New Blackfriars, 93: 652–670. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-2005.2010.01362.x
- Issue published online: 14 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 9 JUN 2012
This paper is an attempt at proposing Thomas Aquinas’ metaphysics of ‘relationship’ and ‘participation’ as a corrector of a contemporary theological trend that conflates ‘person’ with ‘relation’ in its understanding of the trinity, turning God, eventually, from a self-existing, particular personal Being into an idealist expression of a network of relational movements reflective of what the human personhood means. Thomas Aquinas’ theology of relation and participation invites contemporary theology to retrieve a theology that keeps ‘transcendence’ characteristic of God's personal being in order not to turn the participation of God in the finite's realm of existence into a panentheist or one-sidedly, human-centered relationality.