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Friday, July 08, 2016

Trinity Blogposts by Dr. Sam Waldron

In 2011, Dr. Sam Waldron (Dean of Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary) published a series of blogposts on the Trinity. Dr. Waldron's posts come in response to the debate (which has recently re-surfaced) over whether the Son is eternally submissive to the Father. In exploring this subject, he examines issues such as, "How can [the Nicene] Creed in some sense identify the Father as the 'One God'?" and the Father as the source of all being. Dr. Waldron affirms the doctrine that the Son is "eternally begotten" of the Father. Among other beliefs articulated in these posts, Dr. Waldron argues that:
the Nicene doctrine of eternal generation is the historical and biblical basis for holding what is (perhaps a little clumsily) called by recent theologians the eternal, functional subordination of the Son [EFS], the eternal functional subordination of the Son is consistent with His full and undiluted deity, and finally this Nicene doctrine of Trinity undercuts the fundamental premise of Egalitarianism that equality of nature and subordination of role are inconsistent.
This line of thinking places him in a kind of middle ground regarding the current debate on the Trinity. Dr. Waldron, unlike many on the EFS side of the debate, is fully convinced that the "eternally begotten" language of the creeds is well-grounded in Scripture. However, unlike many on the other side of the debate, Dr. Waldron believes that EFS is properly grounded in the doctrine of eternal generation.

Links to Dr. Waldron's posts:

Part 1, Introduction

Christians should enjoy the opportunity to contemplate, and perhaps better understand, the God we love.



Blogger Bruce said...

Andrew, I just became aware of Dr. Waldron's posts via your link at Bring the Books. Are there only 4 parts? It seems incomplete.

1:32 PM  
Blogger Bruce said...

A follow-up Andrew -- it looks like there are as many as 18 posts in the series. I had to click on the Systematic Theology category and then scroll down to find the rest. I look forward to reading and thinking through what Dr. Waldron has written and I thank you for sharing the link.

1:38 PM  
Blogger Andrew Lindsey said...

Thank you for the feedback! I will update this post accordingly.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Bruce said...

You are most welcome, and glad to be of help!

9:02 AM  

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