Ontology and anti-Platonism: reconsidering Colin Gunton’s trinitarian theology

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This article offers a reading of Colin Gunton’s trinitarian theology in light of recent theological attempts to develop accounts of ‘new trinitarian ontologies’ in a strongly Christian Neo-Platonic vein. In particular, this article seeks to situate Gunton’s work within the broader context of late twentieth European thought by comparing his ‘trinitarian ontology’ to the anti-Platonic ontologies of Martin Heidegger and Gilles Deleuze. By way of considering the ‘anti-Platonic’ aspects of Gunton’s trinitarian theology, this article presents his theological project as a testcase which highlights the stakes in constructing ‘new’ trinitarian ontologies as well as possible objections to the affirmative attitude towards Christian Neo-Platonism in contemporary theological metaphysics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-440
JournalNeue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2020


  • Colin Gunton
  • Platonism
  • Trinitarian theology
  • Ontology
  • Metaphysics


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