A while back, I proposed doing a small series of posts comparing the three hypostases of Plotinus with the three hypostases of classical Trinitarian thought (from Origen to the Council of Constantinople). Needless to say, this never happened. However, I recently ran across a series of posts from philosopher Edward Feser that do a good job of explaining Plotinus’ three hypostases and evaluating their relation to classical Trinitarian thought. He doesn’t discuss in detail early Christian thinkers as I wanted to (Feser is a Thomist, so Aquinas comes up often), but nonetheless I think does exactly what I wanted to do: show that classical Trinitarian thought is not dependent upon Platonism. Platonism, and especially Plotinus’ insights, are used by later Trinitarians as helpful explanatory tools, but as a whole the doctrine of the Trinity does not develop because of them.
- Plotinus on Divine Simplicity, Part I
- Plotinus on Divine Simplicity, Part II
- Plotinus on Divine Simplicity, Part III