On the Putative Threat of Modal Collapse Within the Doctrine of Divine Simplicity

Eclectic Orthodoxy

by Alexander Earl

Prompted by Dionysius’s doctrine of God and its Neoplatonic foundations, the question of Divine freedom has been the subject of theological reflection on this blog for the past few months. That it would become a sustained avenue of inquiry is not at all surprising; one of the commonplace dichotomies between Platonism and Christianity is that the former advocates for Divine necessity, while the latter for Divine freedom. As I summarized in my first article:

Platonism offers us optimism about our rational and moral capacities to ascend “alone to the alone,” that is, to the absolute simplicity of the one, of which we are all necessary emanations and to which we all must necessarily return. Christianity, on the other hand, offers us the grace of biblical revelation, which reveals God as a personal Tri-unity that creates ex nihilo in utter freedom and creativity, and even deigned to become incarnate…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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