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. Ben Nasmith
    May 27, 2015 @ 10:23 pm

    A Trinities book? That would be great. Looking forward to it!

    • Rivers
      May 28, 2015 @ 8:57 am

      Me too!

      • Dale Tuggy
        May 28, 2015 @ 7:23 pm

        Thanks, guys. Yeah, its been in the works for awhile. I’m a slow writer, perhaps too much of a perfectionist, and am easily distractable. Bad combo. But I’ve been hammering away at the last several chapters lately, and am hoping to send it off perhaps by the end of the year. Currently buried in Origen, whom I’m discussing in one chapter.

        • Sean Garrigan
          May 29, 2015 @ 6:13 am

          Can you give a teaser about what will be covered? I’m sure you’ll discuss the various (failed, IMO) attempts at making the doctrine coherent, but what about the historical problems, e.g. what I’ve referred to as “The Problem of Expectation”? (See http://kazesland.blogspot.com/2013/09/those-who-are-familiar-with-work-of.html).

          I think that someone with more time and mental vigor than this old man has could probably write a thesis on the various reasons why certain historical models that are looked to in order to help bolster orthodoxy, e.g. Hurtado’s and Bauckham’s writings, are ultimately highly problematic from a historical perspective. Such models may not be “trinitarian” in and of themselves, but they’re thought to lay the foundation for a properly emerging trinitarianism. We’re never told why that’s supposed to be plausible, though, and given the historical implications, that’s a real lacuna — a rather large elephant missing from the room;-)

          • Dale Tuggy
            June 1, 2015 @ 1:51 pm

            Hi Sean – here’s the corrected link: http://kazesland.blogspot.com/2013/09/those-who-are-familiar-with-work-of.html Excellent post, by the way.

            Yeah, the book lays out widely agreed desiderata for an interpretation of the traditional Trinity formulas, and goes through the main ones recently developed by Christian philosophers, evaluating them along the way. To them, I add the subordinationist views of Origen and Clarke, and what I’ve called a humanitarian unitarian view. Then, I argue for this last. One isn’t going to be able to satisfy all the desiderata which people have put out there. There’s a lot going on in the book. I try to explain a lot of philosophy to non-philosophers, but also to spend more time on the relevant teachings of the Bible than philosophers normally do, all while (supposedly) keeping the book short. I don’t want it to be like my densely written journal pieces, so I’m using stories and other examples to try to make things comprehensible.

            In all seriousness, I would solicit your prayers that I can finish this book by the end of this summer, or so. Also, will be looking for a publisher then.

            • Sean Garrigan
              June 1, 2015 @ 11:00 pm

              Thanks, Dale, now I’m really, really looking forward to the book! 🙂 I would think that that would be a good one for Westminster/John Knox, or Wipf & Stock, or maybe even Harper Collins. I can’t imagine that you’ll be able to meet the criterion of keeping it short, however, but you’d know better that I what you’re capable of in that regard.

    • Dale
      May 28, 2015 @ 7:13 pm

      Yeah, been in the work for awhile. Trying to finish it.