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Tension in Distinction: Classical and Mainstream Reformed Approaches to the Son’s Aseity

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/9780199652402.003.0006
Tension in Distinction: Classical and Mainstream Reformed Approaches to the Son’s Aseity

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This chapter continues exploring the trinitarian approaches to Calvin's autotheanism, taking up the much stricter ‘tension in distinction’ accounts of twofold trinitarian speech representative of Lutheranism, Roman Catholicism, and the majority of the Reformed. These represent the classical mainstream of theological exposition. It classes the Reformed majority view with Roman Catholic and Lutheran approaches because the difference between them was largely one of emphasis. If the traditional Roman and Lutheran position may be encapsulated as, ‘The Son is the selfsame God with the Father, but by communication from the Father, and therefore it is inappropriate to call him self- existent’, then the majority Reformed position may by summarized, ‘The Son is the selfsame God with the Father, even by communication from the Father, and therefore it is appropriate to call him self-existent’.

Keywords: aseity; John Calvin; Calvinism; classical trinitarianism; essential communication; eternal generation; Lutheranism; Nicene; Post-Reformation; Reformed

Chapter.  15050 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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