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Author: Joseph Bracken

perichoresis as the dynamic bond of unity among the divine persons. While agreeing with Gunton on this point, the author believes that perichoresis can only be applied to the world of creation in terms of a metaphysics of universal intersubjectivity such as he developed in a recent book. After laying out the

In: Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology

[German Version] (περιχώρησις/perichṓrēsis), originally from choreography (περιχωρεῖν κύκλῳ/perichōreín kýklō, “dance around one another”), denotes as a concept of reflection the reciprocal penetration, participation, and unification of values that are, and remain, different. Whereas for Anaxagoras

In: Religion Past and Present Online

GREGORY OF NYSSA'S TERMINOLOGY FOR TRINITARIAN PERICHORESIS BY DANIEL F. STRAMARA JR. The first Father to employ the term TcFptX6pqcyt; in a theological sense was a Cappadocian, Gregory of Nazianzus, when speaking of the titles of Christ with regard to his humanity and divinity.' The term is

In: Vigiliae Christianae

theologians and ecumenists the best hope for resolving the age old ques- tion of the filioque based on the earliest known patristic reference to the debate. Keywords Filioque , Photius, Trinity, Gregory of Nazianzus, Gregory of Nyssa, Cyril of Alexan- dria, Augustine, perichoresis , processio Introduction

In: Vigiliae Christianae
Author: Debbie Herring

The Usenet group uk.religion.christian is a well established online community. A two year ethnographic study of the group by a long-standing member of the community, analysed and explored from the perspective of contextual theology, suggests ways that religious community may be envisioned for computer mediated environments. Several important themes have emerged, of which two are highlighted in this paper. First, the nature of the community existence of the group may be usefully conceptualised as perichoretic: that is, members of the community relate to one another by mutual interpenetration on an intellectual level. Imaginative reconstruction of a persona from text based communication, undertaken as part of the corporate life of self-identified community with a shared framework of values, results in a culture where individuals identify themselves with others by recognition, even where there is no direct interpersonal communication. Some unexpected findings of the phenomenon of lurking are especially illustrative in this regard. Second, the analysis of the religious life of the community showed forms of behaviour which could be described in terms of both faith and action (praxis). Close scrutiny of the group’s communication showed that there were elements of their written communication, and concepts behind the written communication, whose effects were practical rather than just intellectual. Furthermore, these were not confined to practical outcomes, but were manifest in practical behaviours in the context. Four modes of praxis were identified. These findings are presented by drawing heavily on the group’s own discussions so that the authentic voice of the community may be ‘heard’. The researcher’s conclusions are corroborated from the results of a comprehensive questionnaire, which included responses to open ended questions exploring the community’s introspection. The insights into being a religious community in cyberspace resulting from this major, long-term study, form a base-line for future research.

In: Visions of the Human in Science Fiction and Cyberpunk
This volume offers a landmark analysis of the trinitarian impulses in contemporary worship music used by the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC). It considers whether the lyrics from the most commonly used PAOC songs are consistent with this Evangelical group’s trinitarian statement of faith.

Colin Gunton’s trinitarian theology provides the theological rationale for eight original and qualitative content analyses of these songs. Three major areas are considered—the doctrine of God, human personhood, and cosmology. Making use of Gunton’s notions of relationality, particularity, and perichoresis, along with several key Pentecostal scholars, this book serves as a helpful descriptive and prescriptive theological resource for the dynamic practice of a trinitarian faith.
Author: Joseph Famerée

subdivided ‘parts’ but qualitatively full ‘portions’ of the universal Church. There is a mutual interiority between these diocesan Churches and the universal Church and a perichoresis among the local Churches themselves, deriving from the Trinity ( Ecclesia de Trinitate ). KEYWORDS local, Church, communion

In: Ecclesiology
The Holy Trinity, Theological Hermeneutics and the African Intellectual Culture
The Christian faith knows and worships one God, who is revealed in the Son and in the Holy Spirit. This is the meaning of the doctrine of the Trinity in Christian thought. Although Christian orthodoxy defines the doctrine of the Trinity, the intellectual tools used to capture it significantly vary. At different times and in different places, Western Christianity has, for instance, used neo-Platonism, German Idealism, and the conceptual tools of the second-century Greeks. Taking elements from the known African intellectual framework, this book argues that for African Christians, the respective pre-Christian African understanding of God and the Ntu-metaphysics, in particular, function as conceptual gates for an attempt towards articulating the Trinity for African Christian audiences.
The advances in molecular biology and genetics, medicine and neurosciences, in ethology and environmental studies have put the concept of the person firmly on the philosophical agenda. Whereas earlier times seemed to have a clear understanding about the moral implications of personhood and its boundaries, today there is little consensus on such matters. Whether a patient in the last stages of Alzheimer's disease is still a person, or whether a human embryo is already a person are highly contentious issues.
This book tackles the issue of personhood and its moral implications head-on. The thirteen essays are representative of the major strands in the current bioethical debate and offer new insights into humanity's moral standing, its foundations, and its implications for social interaction. While most of the essays approach the issue by drawing on the rich intellectual tradition of the West, others offer a cross-cultural perspective and make available for ethical consideration the philosophical resources and the wisdom of the East. The contributors to this book are highly recognized philosophers, ethicists, theologians, and professionals in health care and medicine from East Asia (China, Japan), Europe, and North America.
The first part of the book probes the foundations of personhood. Examining critically the main theories on personhood in contemporary philosophy, the authors offer alternatives that better respond to contemporary challenges and their implications for bioethics.
The focus of the second part is firmly on the Confucian relational concept of the person and on the social constitution of personhood in traditional Japanese culture. While the essays challenge the individualistic features of personhood in the Western tradition, they lay the foundations for a richer concept that holds great promise for the resolution of moral dilemmas in modern medicine and health care.
The third part of the book enters into a dialogue with the Christian tradition and draws on its spiritual heritage in the search for answers to the contemporary challenges to human dignity and value. Its focus is on the Catholic social thought and Lutheran theology.
The fourth part addresses the moral status of persons in view of specific issues such as the effects of brain injury, gene therapy, and human cloning on personhood. It extends the scope of research beyond human beings and inquires also into the moral status of animals.