By Dale M. Schlitt
Landmark examine of Hegel's arguments for God as Trinity.
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123 Nevertheless, there remains a tension between these two views. ” It involves at least a puriﬁcation of content through a realized adequacy between form and content in philosophy. 133 Hegel would ultimately dismiss as arguing over a name the discussion about whether or not to refer to the pure thought of logic as “divine” or God conceived in terms of self-determining inﬁnite thought. Hegel himself did not hesitate to speak of categorical determinations of pure thought as metaphysical deﬁnitions of God.
27 Hegel’s historically so disputed presentation of pure being is short enough to be quoted fully in a schematized fashion in order visually and in a preliminary way to highlight his determined attempts to ward oﬀ any internal diﬀerentiation of external relationship: Being, pure being, —without any further determination. In its indeterminate immediacy it is equal only to itself and also not unequal over against an other; 30 Hegel’s Trinitarian Claim it has no diversity within itself nor with any reference outwards.
Rather, they represent an attempt to capture the sense of wholeness Hegel himself stresses by elaborating on method in the ﬁnal, inclusive logical moment, the absolute Idea. The second focus and imperative, to think through and examine the logical moment of the absolute Idea itself or any other speciﬁc moment, is likewise rooted in the same category characteristic of nontemporal momentary totality. Each of the logical determinations is in its own way the totality of the Concept. There is for Hegel simply no substratum underlying the thought category, nothing else to think through beyond the immanent arising of the speciﬁc categories.