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Personality of God
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[German Version]

Discourse of God as person in the Early Church, which first appears in the writings of Hippolytus of Rome (Contra Noetum 7.1f.), was from the outset intended to express the distinguishing individuation characteristics of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit within the framework of the doctrine of the Trinity (Trinity/Doctrine of the Trinity). However, within the framework of the christological understanding of the one person of Christ in two natures, Boethius defines “person” as rationabilis naturae individua substantia (“an individual substance…

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Leiner, Martin, “Personality of God”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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