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Leibniz on the Trinity and the IncarnationReason and Revelation in the Seventeenth Century$
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Maria Rosa Antognazza

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300100747

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300100747.001.0001

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On the Triune God and On the Person of Christ

On the Triune God and On the Person of Christ

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Leibniz on the Trinity and the Incarnation

Maria Rosa Antognazza

Yale University Press

Examen Religionis Christianae (Examination of the Christian Religion), Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz's most complete sketch of a “theological system,” contains references to Christian antiquity and the universal church. This is consistent with a theology of the Trinity and a Christology embedded in the teachings of the church fathers and the Scholastics. Examen Religionis Christianae introduces the doctrine of the Trinity based on the notion that the teaching about the triune nature of God, regardless of its superrationality, was transmitted by the early Christians in the way most appropriate to the capacity of human understanding. Leibniz revised the traditional analogy between the union of divine and human natures in Christ and the union of soul and body in man. More specifically, he presented in the most elegant way the “congruence” and the “beauty” of the mystery of the Incarnation by accenting its “harmony” with the mystery of the Trinity. Leibniz also argued that only the person of Christ as God should properly be worshiped.

Keywords:   Examen Religionis Christianae, theology, Trinity, Christology, triune nature, God, Christ, Incarnation, person

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