More than a divine ménage à trois: friendship, polyamory, and the doctrine of the Trinity

Hugo Córdova Quero, Joseph N. Goh

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The doctrine of the Trinity is one of the pillars of the Christian faith. It encompasses both the relation of the divine persons to and with each other, and the relationship between the divine and creation. This chapter briefly traces the roots of the doctrine of the Trinity in its historical context in order to (re)imagine and enlighten current understandings of relationalities among polyamorous queer believers. It reads this doctrine from a theology of friendship that upholds and values polyamorous relationships. The chapter addressed the need for the visibilization of polyamorous relationalities by engaging in a process of tracing back the doctrine of the Trinity from the standpoint of perichoresis and its implications for human life. The chapter concludes that the doctrine of the Trinity offers helpful possibilities for the lives of polyamorous queer believers. The analysis leads people to affirm the notion of perichoresis to be the most significant element in order to recognize non-heteronormative relationalities such as polyamory.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Theological Approaches to Sexuality
EditorsLisa Isherwood, Dirk Von Der Horst
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781315694238
ISBN (Print)9781138908970
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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