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The Theological Shape of the Autothean Debates: Eternal Generation’s Role in 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/9780199652402.003.0004
The Theological Shape of the Autothean Debates: Eternal Generation’s Role in Classical Trinitarianism

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This chapter is an attempt to make theological sense of the historical shape of Calvin's trinitarian debates, as well as the various approaches that arose after Calvin's time, by offering an account of the role of the doctrine of eternal generation in classical trinitarian theology. Eternal generation firstly, asserts personal distinction; secondly, describes taxis or order; thirdly, secures consubstantiality; fourthly, confirms equality; and, finally, informs perichoresis. Ultimately, the aim of the chapter is a faithful interpretation of the significance of the autothean controversies by grasping the complex of assumptions, convictions, and claims at their heart, the theological shape of which is pursued throughout Chapters 4–6. This shape is formed by the consistency of classical trinitarian convictions, and tensions present in some aspects of their exposition.

Keywords: classical trinitarianism; consubstantiality; eternal generation; Nicene; perichoresis; procession; taxis; Trinity; triunity

Chapter.  19337 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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