Dale Tuggy

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


  1. Ian Spencer
    April 9, 2007 @ 4:13 pm

    On a related note, I just came back from the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association. In conjunction with the meeting was held a “Mini-Conference on Models of God” and during one session, on open theism, one of the panelists reported and agreed with the writings of some open theist scholar to the effect that the development of the doctrine of the Trinity, far from being influenced by or a product of Greek philosophical thought as is sometimes claimed, was actually a reaction to such influence. According to this viewpoint, Arius and other heterodox thinkers, influenced by Greek ideas of the kinds of gulfs between human and divine and oneness and simplicity, etc., objected to the deity of Christ and the doctrine of the Trinity was an attempt to resist what was thought to be an effort to squeeze the Divine Persons into the procrustean bed built for it by Greek thought and sensibilities. If that’s right, then whether or not Arius was directly influenced by Neo-Platonists, the Hellenistic influence was there nonetheless.

    I’m no church history scholar, however, so I don’t know how to evaluate these kinds of assertions. But it is interesting, nonetheless, to ask who was really influencing whom here in these early debates.


  2. more on theory-driven distortion of texts at trinities
    April 6, 2007 @ 3:02 pm

    […] The problem I noted last time is well-known by philosophers who work in the history of philosophy (I’m not sure that mainstream philosophers who stick almost entirely to recent stuff are so aware of it). Nor do I exempt myself from this lamentable tendency. […]


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