Is fate linked to theism

Substantiality, personality and simplicity

Handbook of Analytical Philosophy of Religion pp 144-158 | Cite as

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When Christian theologians of the Latin Middle Ages began to develop a systematized form of the doctrine of God, which today is mostly referred to as 'classical theism', the theological use of the terms 'substance' (Greek. ousía, lat. substantia / natura) and ›person‹ (Greek. hypóstasis, lat. persona) has long been firmly established. The Ps. Athanasian Creed, probably written in the 5th century, points to the essential function of the terms, especially for the theology of the Trinity, in that it sees the core of the Catholic belief in God as "that we have one God in the Trinity and the Trinity in the Worship unity by neither mixing persons nor separating substance "(DH 75). To designate God as substance means to designate the deity as that which all persons have in common.

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