One and Triune God, Class 10

Compendium Chapters 32-36

This will be our last class on the Compendium for a number of weeks. Last class we spoke about why the word “intelligent” or “intellect” can be said of God, and this time we follow it up with intellect’s inevitable companion:  will. Because there was a lot of confusion about the notion of “intellect,” and […]

One and Triune God, Class 8

Compendium Chapters 24-27

In this reading we broach the very difficult question of whether we can talk about God at all. Given that we have three more years of Theology ahead of us in the curriculum, one hopes so. And yet the Church’s own councils have spoken of God as “ineffable” and “incomprehensible”; the Fourth Lateran Council declared […]

One and Triune God, Class 7

Compendium Chapters 21-23

Last class we began to think about the infinity of God’s perfection. This time we round out our meditation by considering what perfections are found in God, and how. I’ve created a short audio recording covering all three chapters, but I hope it will be helpful. Click here to download or listen straight from this website […]

One and Triune God, Class 6

Compendium Chapters 18-20

When we covered these chapters in class, I was tired and unclear. Students were heroic and energetic, eagerly pursuing the new realms of hamster deities and pop-tart cats, but the first two sections were a bit like a ship without a captain. Several of you asked me to record something about the two meanings of […]

One and Triune God, Class 5

Compendium Chapters 12-17

Our assignment for today covers many chapters, but they are short and many of them similar in structure. The high point of the reading is when we conclude that God is one, which is also the central teaching of the Old Testament. But like the Old Testament, our Compendium reading takes on a journey from […]

The One and Triune God, Class 2

Compendium Chapters 4-6

Our class session will start with more time on chapter 3.  However, chapters 4-6 begin the exciting work of saying what this “first mover” is really like.  We’ll start with one of the strangest and yet most important claims, namely that God is immobile, and move on to a new way of thinking about being […]

Class 1: Follow-up

Nailing down the argument

What a great start to the semester!  We made great progress toward spelling out the syllogisms in Compendium chapter 3.  Each section found a slightly different way to present the arguments, but to help everyone consolidate their notes, I want type out one version of what was said. Syllogisms in Chapter 3 The argument will unfold in two […]