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  1. Sussex Parson: Marc Lloyd's 'Miscellanies': The Son - God from Himself (Calvin)
  2. How Evangelical Theologians Are Tackling the Doctrine of the Trinity
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Son : arrangement. Spirit : efficacy. After introducing the fact Calvin stated, " that each person of the Trinity is autotheos ", he goes on to emphasize that Calvin's, " words are carefully chosen so as to avoid any hint of causality" , and that the Son is not, " ontologically dependent on the Father as the only true autotheos.

Sussex Parson: Marc Lloyd's 'Miscellanies': The Son - God from Himself (Calvin)

This is not the place to critique Bray's sweeping assessments of which I think there are a number of significant problems ; the intent of the quotations are to establish that he clearly believes the Reformers especially Calvin understanding of the Trinity introduces a break within the Western tradition via some novel aspects.

The Reformed doctrine of the Trinity and, of course, also the doctrine of the Person of Christ is characterized by a declaration of the aseity of Christ's divinity: considered as God, the Second Person of the Trinity is divine a se ipso — he is autotheos. This had been a point of controversy with both the antitrinitarians and with Rome since the time of Calvin, and in the course of the development of Reformed dogmatics in the late sixteenth and seventeenth century, it became not only the distinctive feature of Reformed trinitarianism but also a crucial point, defended against any and all opponents.

Interestingly enough, a bit later, Muller adds:. The radical statement of the son's aseity found in Calvin's trinitarian polemic is not echoed by all of the early orthodox Reformed theologians: as Amyraut noted, there as no debate among the orthodox over the distinct personal identify of the Son, but there was discussion over whether he stood in utterly equal majesty and dignity with the Father.

He then provides the following quote from Ursinus:. God the Father is that Being who is of himself, and not from another, The Son is that self-same Being, or essence, not of himself, but of the Father. Warfield, Murray, Bray, Muller and Smith are representatives of the view that Calvin's doctrine of the Trinity, " marks an epoch in the history of the doctrine of the Trinity ". It is important to note that those who are supporters of this view do not believe Calvin's overall Trinitarianism lies outside the Augustinian tradition—or that it is devoid of any historical precedent—but rather, they focus on features of his thought they feel are innovative.

In my next post, I will provide selections from the opposing view; that Calvin, concerning the Trinity, " carefully avoided anything that could have been considered an innovation ". Grace and peace,. Posted by David Waltz at PM. Labels: Autotheos , B. Newer Post Older Post Home.

How Evangelical Theologians Are Tackling the Doctrine of the Trinity

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Calvin, Classical Trinitarianism, and the Aseity of the Son

I read this one a lot during my doctoral studies and found it very rewarding, academically and spiritually. Really good book, and gets a lot of recommendations for the history of the development of Trinitarian doctrine. Douglas Kelly, Systematic Theology, Volume 1. Protestant scholasticism meets Puritan piety. My favorite work on the Trinity. Richard of St. Victor, On the Trinity. If you have the cash, please pick up the Synopsis of Purer Theology.

The section on the Trinity is breath-taking. Short, but not a word wasted. Edward H. Bickersteth, The Trinity. James Dolezal, God without Parts. This is an excellent book. As I've tried to understand the current debate on the Trinity I've found that the key issues are usually related to our doctrine of God. Shows Calvin offers the minority report.


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A very worthwhile study. Russell L. Stanley Grenz, Rediscovering the Triune God. Spiceland, One God in Trinity.

Calvin on the aseity of the Son: the Institutes as entry-point 2. The autothean controversies: Calvin's complex solidarity with classical trinitarianism 3. The theological shape of the Autothean debates: eternal generation's role in classical trinitarianism 4. Identity, distinction, or tension in trinitarian language? Tension to distinction: classical and mainstream reformed approaches to the Son's aseity 6.

The irreducible triunity of God: the reformed minority report's strict distinction of the two ways of speaking 7. Of himself, God gives himself.