Appeal is often made to the doctrine of the Trinity, yet confusion prevails concerning historic Christian orthodoxy’s teaching on the subject and how it squares with the biblical witness. Within this series, I will present a critique of the family of positions referred to as ‘social Trinitarianism’, where many of these areas of confusion are to be found.
Matt, Derek, and I are joined by Dr Matthew Barrett to discuss his recent book, Simply Trinity: The Unmanipulated Father, Son, and Spirit.
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I discuss Genesis 48 and Jacob’s faith in blessing the sons of Joseph.
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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.
Today I answer a question about the classical doctrine of the Trinity. There is much that I’d love to say more clearly or carefully than I do in this video, or to elaborate upon further, so feel free to send me follow-up questions in the comments here or over on Curious Cat.