<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Leftow (Brian) - Modes without Modalism (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_14/PaperSummary_14541.htm">Modes without Modalism</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/L/Author_Leftow (Brian).htm">Leftow (Brian)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Van Inwagen (Peter) & Zimmerman (Dean) - Persons: Human and Divine</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_14/PaperSummary_14541.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_14/PaperCitings_14541.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_14/PapersToNotes_14541.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>From <a name="4"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_14/Abstract_14520.htm">Zimmerman (Dean) - Persons: Human and Divine - Three Introductory Questions</A>"</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">The doctrine of the trinity has it that there are three Persons in one God. Such odd arithmetic requires explaining. Many explanations begin from the oneness of God, and try to explain just how one God can be three divine Persons. Augustine and Aquinas pursued this project, which Brian Leftow calls "Latin Trinitarianism". In "Modes without <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">Modalism</A><SUP>1</SUP>", Leftow describes the difficulty of preventing Latin Trinitarianism from devolving into "<a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">Modalism</A><SUP>2</SUP>"  a view rejected by most Christian theological traditions. He argues that not every mode-concept one might bring into trinitarian theology begets <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">Modalism</A><SUP>3</SUP>. In particular, John Locke made use of a concept of a mode that proves congenial to the formulation of Latin Trinitarianism. We are not ourselves the sort of beings for whom Locke's theory of personal identity is true, argues Leftow. But the three persons of the trinity are.</ol> </FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>Part 5: Personhood in Christian Doctrine<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-03T00:10" pubdate>03/08/2018 00:10:52</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>