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Madness from the Gods?: Evangelicals, Complementarianism, and the Trinity

As some of your own poets have said, “Boy that escalated quickly.”   As many are already aware, the generally tranquil waters of the Reformed and Evangelical online world have erupted into controversy and not just the everyday kind. This latest one, advertised in advance as a “civil war,” has to do with the doctrine […]

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Zanchi on the Trinity (3a)

We come now to the only other “footnote” in ch. 2 of Zanchi’s De religione Christiana fides. Text and Translation Aphoris. III. De hac reali essentialium Dei proprietatum communicatione peculiarem conscripsimus et nos tractationem in libro, cui titulus erit De incarnatione Filii Dei, in verba ad Phil. 2: ‘Qui cum in forma Dei esset’ etc.; ad quem, qui pleniorem […]

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Zanchi on the Trinity (3)

Today we move on to section three of Zanchi’s chapter “On God, and on the Divine Persons and Properties.” This chapter treats the difference between the “personal” and “essential” properties of the Trinity. Text and Translation III. Proprietatibus personalibus personam a persona distingui: Essentialibus autem ab omni creatura differre. Quoniam vero Sacrae literae ita loquuntur […]

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Propositions & Questions (for Fred Sanders) on the Trinity

Some Propositions on God, the divine essence, the Trinity, and the covenant of redemption God is pure act (actus purus). His will is identical to his essence. Since God is simple, his power is his wisdom is his love is his eternity is his knowledge, is his will, etc. There is not one thing in God […]

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Zanchi on the Trinity (2)

Today we move on to section two in Zanchi’s confession of the Holy Trinity, which asserts both the full deity of all three Persons as well as the unity of the Godhead. Text and Translation II. Ita unamquamque personam verum esse per se Deum, ut tamen non sint tres dii. Ita enim credimus atque e sacris […]

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Zanchi on the Trinity (1a)

Appended to the end of Zanchi’s De religione Christiana fides are a series of Observationes (“Observations”) in the form of aphorismi (“distinctions, definitions, pithy sentences”). Luca Baschera and Christian Moser point out in their introduction that these basically function as footnotes to the dogmatic statements in the confession itself. Not every subsection–indeed, not every chapter–has one of these. Caput […]

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Zanchi on the Trinity (1)

Now perhaps might be a good time to review the basics of orthodox Trinitarianism. To do so, we will use the second chapter of Girolamo Zanchi’s 1586 work De religione Christiana fides (A Confession of Faith concerning the Christian Religion) as a brief summa of the classical doctrine of the Holy Trinity. The chapter, De Deo, divinisque personis et proprietatibus […]

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Not Partakers of the Divine Nature*

In 2 Peter 1, Peter writes: His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of […]

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Ursinus on the Essence/Person Distinction in the Trinity

Explaining the theology behind Q&A 25 of the Heidelberg Commentary, Zacharias Ursinus has a lengthy discussion of Trinitarian theology, covering the basic theological affirmations and denials, but also parsing out the more difficult aspects of the logic and language. The balance between pastoral language and intent in the Catechism and then scholastic detail in the […]

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God’s Will as God’s Act in Gregory of Nazianzus

In Oration 29.6 (the third Theological Oration), Gregory of Nazianzus responds to a charge attributed to the opponents of Nicaea and its Trinitarian reception. They attempt, Gregory says, to force a dilemma upon those who do not limit deity to the Unbegotten but claim it also for the Son: did the Father beget willingly or unwillingly? If the […]