The Trinity and Subordinationism
Kevin Giles traces the historic understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity from the patristic age to our own times. He goes on to investigate the closely related question whether or not women are created to be permanently subordinated to...
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Kevin Giles traces the historic understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity from the patristic age to our own times. He goes on to investigate the closely related question whether or not women are created to be permanently subordinated to men. 282 pages, from IVP.
Subordination has been and still is a controversial subject within the church.The concept has been vigorously debated in relation to the doctrine of the Trinity since the fourth century. Certain New Testament texts have made it part of discussions of right relations between men and women. In recent years these two matters have been dramatically brought together. Indeed, today the doctrine of the Trinity is being used to support opposing views of the right relationship between men and women in the church.At the center of the debate is the question of whether or not the orthodox view of the trinitarian relations teach the eternal subordination of the Son of God. In this book Kevin Giles masterfully traces the historic understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity from the patristic age to our own times to help resolve this important question. But he does not stop there.Giles goes on to provide an illuminating investigation of a closely related question--whether or not women, even in terms of function or role, were created to be permanently subordinated to men. By surveying the church's traditional interpretation of texts relating to the status of women and inquiring into the proper use of the doctrine of the Trinity, Giles lays out his position in this current debate.
Kevin Giles (Th.D., Australian College of Theology) is vicar of St. Michael's Church (Anglican) in North Carlton, Australia. He has also served as a minister and consulting theologian for World Vision Australia. Giles has contributed numerous articles to scholarly journals, and to IVP's Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels and Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Development. He has written several books, including What on Earth Is the Church? (IVP), The Trinity and Subordinationism and Patterns of Ministry Among the First Christians (HarperCollins).
- <strong>part 1: The Trinity Tradition: Affirmed By All But Actually Rejected By Some</strong>
- 1. Conservative Evangelicals Head Off On Their Own
- 2. The Historical Development Of The Orthodox Trinitarian Tradition
- 3. Subordinating Tradition
- 4. The Retrieval & Refinement Of The Nicene Trinitarian Tradition In The Twentieth Century
- 5. Evangelicals At The End Of A Very Thin Branch
- Appendix A: Trintariograms
- Appendix B: The 1999 Sydney Anglican Diocesan Doctrine Comission Report:
- "the Doctrine Of Trinity & Its Bearing On The Relationship Of Men And Women"
- <strong>part 2: The Woman Tradition: Reinterpreted By Some, Rejected By Others</strong>
- 6. Women In The Modern World & In Christian Tradition
- 7. Women In Contemporary Hierarchical-complementarian Literature
- 8. Exegesis Or Eisegesis?
- 9. An Egalitarian-complementarian Theological Reading Of The Bible
- <strong>part 3: The Slavery Tradition: Rejected By All--some In Ignorance Some In Painful Awareness Of Its Past Consequences</strong>
- 10. The Proslavery Tradition: The Bible Endorses The Institution Of Slavery
- 11. The Rejection Of The Proslavery Tradition
- 12. The Parallel Exhortations To Men & Women To Be Subordinate
- 13. Lessons To Be Learned & Concluding Thoughts
- Appendix C: Homosexuality--a Test Case