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Title: Uses of the word 'person' in theologies of the Trinity in seventeenth century England
Author: Dixon, P. C.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 1999
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The dissertation demonstrates the importance of seventeenth century England in the history of the doctrine of the Trinity. It argues that this period is especially significant for understanding the 'loss' of the doctrine of the Trinity in theology, and seeks to rectify the neglect of this period by theologians. The thesis surveys material relating to the Trinity from the early seventeenth century to the early eighteenth century. It examines how concerted attacks by opponents, and inadequate defences by adherents, caused the marginalisation of the doctrine from theology and its evisceration in popular practice. The study focuses on the word 'person' around which many of the disputes about the Trinity during this period revolved, thereby discovering various factors that contributed to this displacement. The dissertation uses mainly primary material to exhibit the importance of the seventeenth century in the history of trinitarian doctrine. A brief introductory chapter provides the theological and historical context for the investigation. Chapter Two shows that later disputes were often present in embryo during the period of the Civil War and Interregnum. Chapter Three examines the contribution made by Thomas Hobbes to the understanding of the word 'person' and its application to the Trinity. The major disputes surrounding the doctrine of the Trinity in the 1690s are surveyed, investigated and analysed in Chapter Four. Chapter Five probes Locke's public silence on the doctrine, and his contribution to the change taking place in understanding of the word 'person' at the end of the seventeenth century. Chapter Six notes the legacy of the disputes of the 1690s for renewed controversy over the doctrine of the Trinity in the early eighteenth century. Popular belief, understanding, and piety about the Trinity during the period are examined in Chapter Seven. The dissertation ends with a brief concluding chapter which summaries the discoveries made from the material surveyed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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