Divine Multiplicity: Trinities, Diversities, and the Nature of Relation

Divine Multiplicity: Trinities, Diversities, and the Nature of Relation

Divine Multiplicity: Trinities, Diversities, and the Nature of Relation

Divine Multiplicity: Trinities, Diversities, and the Nature of Relation


The essays in this volume ask if and how trinitarian and pluralist discourses can enter into fruitful conversation with one another. Can trinitarian conceptions of divine multiplicity open the Christian tradition to more creative and affirming visions of creaturely identities, difference, and relationality including the specific difference of religious plurality? Where might the triadic patterning evident in the Christian theological tradition have always exceeded the boundaries of Christian thought and experience? Can this help us to inhabit other religious traditions' conceptions of divine and/or creaturely reality? The volume also interrogates the possibilities of various discourses on pluralism by putting them in a concrete pluralist context and asking to what extent pluralist discourse can collect within itself a convergent diversity of orthodox, heterodox, postcolonial, process, poststructuralist, liberationist, and feminist sensibilities while avoiding irruptions ofconflict, competition, or the logic of mutual exclusion.


Chris Boesel and S. Wesley Ariarajah

This collection of essays is the result of work undertaken on the occasion of Drew Theological School’s tenth annual Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium. Each fall, since the turn of the millennium, a relatively small cohort of scholars working in and around the fields of religion and theology have been invited to engage a specific theological theme of current interest. the object of the series is to bring together thinkers from a variety of disciplines who share a cluster of interests: a commitment to interrogating the ethical impulses and material effects of theological and religious discourse; an appreciation for the always surprising complexity of theological and religious traditions; and an interest in contemporary theoretical approaches to scholarship (such as postmodern, postcolonial and liberationist methodologies). This introductory chapter outlines the issues and questions that the scholars invited to Drew for the tenth annual colloquium were asked to reflect on and engage from their own concerns and commitments within their various disciplinary locations. Our hope is to provide sufficient context for the theological, ethical, and disciplinary issues and stakes involved in these essays to emerge in all their dicey yet promising complexity.

Divine multiplicity and the nature of relation

The contributors to this volume were asked to think, write, and talk about plurality and diversity as they pertain to the nature of divinity and/or ultimate reality. What are the possible grounds—philosophical, theological, ethical—for conceiving (or not conceiving) of divinity, or ultimate reality . . .

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