Unfolding the nature of the Trinity within a monotheistic framework posed a challenge for the Fathers of the Church. Augustine’s approach prioritizes divine unity and shared essence as the primary principle of the Godhead. Catherine LaCugna, on the other hand, asserts a Cappadocian view that begins with divine personhood as the primary ontological category. This essay places the relational ontology of Augustine’s doctrine of the Trinity in colloquy with LaCugna’s appropriation of Cappadocian Trinitarian theology.

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