The Trinity Debate


In a recent conversation that Mark Driscoll had with J.I. Packer, Driscoll asked a wise question, “which theological issues would you commend young Christian leaders to study in order to be ready for the next fifty years.” Packer suggested four areas that young Christian leaders needed to devote their energy towards, but I only want to highlight one: Trinity.

Packer said, “the fullness of the doctrine of the Trinity is not completely appreciated as it should be. The result, he said, is that some Christians have only a deep understanding of Jesus or the Holy Spirit so that they are guilty of what he called “Jesus-olatry” or “Holy Spirit-olatry” rather than a full love and worshipful appreciation of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit.”

Packer’s insistence that we sharpen the faculties of our mind in the arena of the Trinity seems to be providential taking into consideration the debate on the campus of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) last night, which responded to the question, ““Do relations of authority and submission exist eternally among the Persons of the Godhead?”. Andy Naselli live-blogged the intense-somewhat sarcastsic debate, which you can read here.

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