Steven Duby and Joseph Minich on Divine Simplicity (‘The Lord Is One: Reclaiming Divine Simplicity’)

Steven Duby and Joseph Minich recently joined me to discuss The Lord Is One: Reclaiming Divine Simplicity, a book to which they both contribute essays, which has just been published by the Davenant Press. Steven Duby, associate professor of theology at Grand Canyon University, is also the author of Divine Simplicity: A Dogmatic Account and God in Himself: Scripture, Metaphysics, and the Task of Christian Theology, which was published last week.

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Transcript for Michael McClymond and Gerald McDermott, ‘The Theology of Jonathan Edwards’

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The Trinity in the OT, the Faith of OT Believers, the Angel of the Lord

A number of years ago there was a lot of debate in certain circles in the UK revolving around these topics: the degree to which Christ/the Trinity is explicitly present in the OT; the nature of the Angel of the Lord; relatedly the object of believers’ faith in the OT (did OT saints trust consciously and explicitly in the Son?); the degree to which revelation is progressive from the OT to the NT. A lot of these threads were explored in the Blackham-Goldsworthy debate:
What are your views on these topics? Some more specific questions might be:
– Does the OT, read on its own terms, clearly present a unipersonal God or a binitatian/Trinitarian God? Or does it murkily present the latter?
– How were OT believers saved? Through explicit faith in the Son, or through other means?
– Who is the Angel of the Lord?

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Why are there so many ‘Binitarian’ Formulations in the New Testament?

Why are so many references to God in the NT binitarian (Father and Son) rather than trinitarian (Father, Son and Spirit)? I’m thinking of Paul’s greetings, Stephen’s vision, Jesus’ speeches about unity with the Father, etc. Admittedly the Spirit grows more prominent after Pentecost, but I’ve wondered about this a lot. I’ve seen anti-trinitarians use this argument, but though I can explain it away, I’m not sure I can positively account for it. Thoughts?

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Trinity and Modalism

I follow what you are saying about the error of saying that there are three ‘centers of consciousness’ in God’s Triune nature, and how that would involve a denial of the unity and simplicity of the Divine Being and ultimately involve tritheism. However, isn’t that different from affirming three subsistent consciousnesses, or three self-conscious Persons within the nature of God? Would not a denial of that involve the opposite error of modalism? I am concerned that in our right concern to flee from tritheism, we are not seeing an implicit embrace of modalism.

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