Our Christian faith teaches us that the triune God is communion of three persons loving one another eternally, who coinhere
in each other without any confusion, separation, or division--a mutual indwelling of the three divine persons described in Christian doctrine is perichoresis.
Toren in particular shows how relations of equality and those of hierarchy coinhere
and transform into one another through an array of material, spatial, and social practices, including within the spaces of Fijian Methodism.
The doctrines of Coinherence and Substituted Love explain how the lay theologian Williams thought metaphysics should operate at large: every aspect of reality, from the macroscopic universe to the microscopic individual, should interrelate and "coinhere
." But Williams not only promulgated metaphysical theories with this expressed belief in coinherence, he also leveled social and philosophical critiques with them as well.
the religious element is absorbed into the story and the symbolism." (5) Such an approach is supported by Patrick Grant's assertion that "....Tolkien faces, therefore, the crucial problem for the Christian writer--the problem faced first by Milton in a modern context--of formulating a vision in which Christian assertion, history, and imagination can coinhere
(41) In other words, there can be a sharing in being, because in God the "one" and "many" coinhere
. In the doctrine of the Trinity this ontological sharing is expressed in the concept of person, which is understood relationally.
In Shegog's sermon, verbal witness and sacramental grace coinhere
. In Shegog's preaching, Christ is risen in the kerygmatic Word, alive within the body of believers through the ministrations of an otherwise unprepossessing black clergyman.
Spirit and earth internally condition and permeate one another; both modes of being coinhere
through and with one another without collapsing into undifferentiated sameness or equivalence.
Father, Son, and Spirit coinhere
in the Godhead as the faculties of memory, intellect, and will coinhere
in the human mind.
From an Orthodox point of view, these two fields do not exclude each other but coinhere
harmoniously, although this opinion may seem risky.
This echoes Burke's distinction between dialectic--opposing terms--and hierarchical or transformational dialectic, in which two antithetical terms can combine or coinhere
to approach transcendence.
The unique personhood of Each coinheres
in the Others just as the personhood of the Others interpenetrates perichoretically in Each.
Consistent with this interpretation is the recognition that the imperative coinheres
with the indicative.