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The Autothean Controversies: Calvin’s Complex Solidarity with Classical Trinitarianism

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/9780199652402.003.0003
The Autothean Controversies: Calvin’s Complex Solidarity with Classical Trinitarianism

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This chapter takes up the controversies that form the context of Calvin's autothean language. It discusses those during his lifetime, first with trinitarians (like the traditionalist Pierre Caroli) and then with antitrinitarians (like the tritheist Valentine Gentile). The heart of Calvin's argument, and the heart of his opponents' criticism, remained the same throughout: Calvin claimed that the only-begotten Son of the Father is also, as the one true God, ‘of himself’.

Keywords: aseity; John Calvin; Pierre Caroli; Guillaume Farel; eternal generation; Valentine Gentile; Genevan Reformation; trinitarian controversy; tritheism

Chapter.  13477 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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