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Introduction

Brannon Ellis

in Calvin, Classical Trinitarianism, and the Aseity of the Son

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199652402
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742002 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199652402.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter begins with a historical prologue on the significance of Calvin's ‘autothean’ controversies over whether the Son is, as God, self-existent (God a se or ‘of himself’; ‘autotheos’ in Greek). It includes a discussion of the state of research into Calvin's conflicts regarding the doctrine of the Trinity, and evaluations of his own views. The chapter then describes the book's aims, cast in terms of, yet somewhat against, the claims of Reformed theologian B. B. Warfield. It concludes with a brief prolegomena regarding the canonically ruled nature of faithful trinitarian speech and its grammar; and the primacy of employing language appropriate to God's triunity in all expositions of divine ontology.

Keywords: aseity; autotheos; Calvin; canon; grammar; ontology; Reformed; rule of faith; trinitarianism; triunity

Chapter.  9157 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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