podcast episode 11 – Tertullian the unitarian

Charles Bridge in Prague, photo by Dale Tuggy IMG_3133This episode is a recording of my talk on September 20, 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic, at the conference “Analytical Theology: Faith, Knowledge and the Trinity.”

Our Czech hosts were Roman Catholic philosophers, interested in both contemporary analytic philosophy and early modern Catholic scholastic philosophy. It was an excellent conference, and we all enjoyed our conversations, as well as seeing some of one of the world’s most beautiful cities, and some surrounding countryside. Special thanks to Vlastimil, Lukáš, and Petr and Daniel for their hospitality, papers, and conversations.

My talk is called “Tertullian the unitarian“. Though he’s the first on record to use the Latin word trinitas, I show that he was in fact a sort of unitarian, a kind I have elsewhere called “subordinationist.”

This paper is still in process. I want to add to it brief discussions of a few more passages which some readers have mistaken as trinitarian. Comments are welcome. Here are my conference slides, in case you want to follow along.

These ideas are relevant, of course, far beyond Tertullian. But here I want to set the record straight, because there’s a lot of mistaken stuff out there about Tertullian, in realms such as apologetics, church history, and the history of theology.

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About Dale

Dale Tuggy is a Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Fredonia, where he teaches courses in analytic theology, philosophy of religion, religious studies, and the history of philosophy.

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