Implicit Distortion: Paul on God and gods

Prof. Franz Jozef van Beeck, S.J.
Cardinal Cody Professor of Theology
Loyola University, Chicago

Prof. Van Beeck presents a historical analysis of the development of Christianity and Christian beliefs in relation to the surrounding beliefs prevalent in the first centuries of the Common Era (CE). The idea of the plurality as well as the unity of God had to be explained to the non-Christian population, both Jewish and Hellenistic, in ways that were comprehensible to these communities. Van Beeck further discusses the different aspects of the trinity and unity of God according to Catholic theology.