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Trinity without Hierarchy: Reclaiming Nicene Orthodoxy in Evangelical Theology

, 2019
ISBN: 9780825444623



In response to those complementarian theologians who assert that the Son is eternally subordinate to the Father, the contributors to Trinity Without Hierarchy contend that this view misconstrues the orthodox doctrine of the Trinity and reduces the Son to a lower level of glory and majesty than the Father. Surveying Scripture, church history, and theology, sixteen contributors present a defense of the full and equal authority of all three members of the Trinity while critiquing approaches that border on semi-Arianism. In particular, the creedal confessions of Nicaea are upheld as the historical standard by which any proposed Trinitarian doctrine should be judged.

While some contributors hold complementarian and others egalitarian viewpoints, all agree that Trinitarian relations are not a proper basis for understanding gender roles. Trinity Without Hierarchy is indispensable reading for anyone interested in the current debate over the relationship between Trinitarian theology and the roles of men and women.

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  • Surveys scripture, church history, and theology
  • Presents a defense of the full and equal authority of all three members of the Trinity
  • Provides an helpful resource for anyone interested in the current debate over the relationship between Trinitarian theology and the roles of men and women
  • Sonship, Sending, and Subordination in the Gospel of John - Adesola Akala
  • Trinity without Taxis? A Reconsideration of 1 Corinthians 11 - Madison N. Pierce
  • What Does “Father” Mean? Trinity without Tiers in the Epistle to the Hebrews - Amy Peeler
  • The Trinitarian Dynamic in the Book of Revelation - Ian Paul
  • No Son, No Father: Athanasius and the Mutuality of Divine Personhood - Peter J. Leithart
  • Beholding the Beholder: Precision and Mystery in Gregory of Nyssa’s Ad Ablabium - Amy Brown Hughes
  • Dominium naturale et oeconomicum: Authority and the Trinity - Tyler R. Wittman
  • “He Humbled Himself”: Trinity, Covenant, and the Gracious Condescension of the Son in John Owen - T. Robert Baylor
  • Protestant Scholastics on Trinity and Persons - Jeff Fisher
  • There Is a Method to the Madness: On Christological Commitments of Eternal Functional Subordination of the Son - Jules A. Martínez-Olivieri
  • Pannenberg: The Submission of the Son and the Heartbeat of Divine Love - John McClean
  • Classical Trinitarianism and Eternal Functional Subordination: Some Historical and Dogmatic Reflections - Stephen R. Holmes
  • The Trinity without Tiers: A Response to the Eternal Subordination/Submissiveness of the Son Debate - Graham Cole
  • The Presence of the Triune God: Persons, Essence, and Equality - James R. Gordon
  • Bruce Ware’s Trinitarian Methodology - Scott Harrower
  • The Intergenerational Impact of Theological Beliefs - Scott Harrower
Written as a contribution to an important evangelical debate, this erudite volume deserves a readership across ecclesial divisions. All Thomists, for example, will find Tyler Wittman’s brilliant account of Aquinas’s Trinitarian theology to be necessary reading. May this volume’s Trinitarian reflections have a healing and unitive effect, not only among the evangelicals involved in the debate, but also across ecclesiastical lines so that we ‘may all be one’!

—Matthew Levering, James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary, and coeditor of The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity

This new collection of Trinitarian studies is theologically sensitive, biblically attuned, and historically concerned. Everyone interested in the future of Trinitarian theology within evangelical Protestantism will find this book a good and encouraging guide.

—Lewis Ayres, Durham University and Australian Catholic University

In recent years, the waters of evangelical Trinitarian theology have been roiled and muddied by unfortunate debates about the subordination of the Son. The very fine essays collected in this volume make genuine progress in exegetical, biblical, as well as historical and systematic theology, and they will do much to help bring an end to this debate.

—Thomas H. McCall, Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Professorial Fellow in Exegetical and Analytic Theology, University of St Andrews

  • Title: Trinity without Hierarchy: Reclaiming Nicene Orthodoxy in Evangelical Theology
  • Authors: Michael F. Bird, Scott Harrower
  • Publisher: Kregel
  • Print Publication Date: 2019
  • Logos Release Date: 2021
  • Pages: 344
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Reader Edition
  • Subject: Trinity
  • ISBN: 9780825444623
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-06-24T01:25:32Z

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