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Human Experience and the Triune God

A Theological Exploration of the Relevance of Human Experience for Trinitarian Theology


Bernhard Nausner

The overarching aim of this work is to develop a new account of the doctrine of the Trinity. The author proposes that such an approach is overdue because contemporary trinitarian theology pays insufficient attention to the fact that theology as linguistic discourse is inescapably embedded in human experience. Hence the critical analysis of existing trinitarian constructions (Gunton, LaCugna, Moltmann) is impressively sharp. In response Nausner develops an ‘interstitial methodology’, working between experience and revelation, refusing both revelational and experiential positivisms. In dialogue with contemporary novels, the human sciences (Frankl, Weizsäcker), philosophy (Levinas) and biblical narratives, he offers an imaginative, original and contemporary way of conceiving the doctrine of the Trinity in relation to human life.
Contents: Doctrine of the Trinity, social doctrine of the Trinity, Trinity and human life, contemporary theology – Contemporary Theologians: Colin Gunton, Catherine LaCugna, Jürgen Moltmann – The concepts of experience, revelation, language and truth – Theology, philosophy and the human sciences – Dialogue with Viktor Frankl, Viktor von Weizsäcker, Emanuel Levinas – The dialectics of concept and narrative, the One and the Three.