© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/157007210X493461 Vigiliae Christianae 64 (2010) 456-479 brill.nl/vc Vi g i l i a e C h r i s t i a n a e Hilary of Poitiers’ De Trinitate and the Name(s) of God Tarmo Toom Th e Catholic University of America, 620 Michigan Ave., N.E., Washington, DC 20064 firstname.lastname@example.org Abstract “Hilary of Poitiers’ De Trinitate and the Name(s) of God” investigates the implications of the ancient nomos/physis debate to Trinitarian theology. While the Cappadocians, countering Heteroousians, eventually demonstrated that naturalist understanding of naming did not work for Christian theology, Hilary still assumed that it did. Hilary is usually grouped with naturalists who held that names were not arbitrary and conven- tional impositions, but that they corresponded to the nature of what they designated. Yet, there are several complications with such a grouping, because not all naturalists (e.g., Cratylus, Stoics, Origen, Eunomius) say the same thing, focus on same issues, have theological interest in names, or agree with Hilary. Accordingly, this paper will argue that Hilary can be called a “naturalist” only in a qualiﬁ ed sense. Keywords Hilary of Poitiers, names and naming, naturalism and conventionalism, Trinitarian theology, names
Vigiliae Christianae – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2010
Keywords: naturalism and conventionalism; Trinitarian theology; Hilary of Poitiers; names of God; names and naming
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