Calvin, Classical Trinitarianism, and the Aseity of the Son

Dr. K. Scott Oliphint reviews Calvin, Classical Trinitarianism, and the Aseity of the Son by Brannon Ellis and published by Oxford University Press. In this excellent volume, Ellis investigates the various Reformation and post-Reformation responses to Calvin’s affirmation of the Son’s aseity (or essential self-existence). Listen as Dr. Oliphint, who wrote a more detailed review of the book for the Spring 2013 issue of The Westminster Theological Journal, describes the book’s salient features and provides his assessment of its worth.

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Richard Chelvan

5 years ago

I found this discussion very insightful and interesting and I will get the book. However, I don’t know if Brannon Ellis cites the May 2010 article by Benjamin W. Swinburnson, “John Calvin, Eternal Generation, and Communication of Essence: A Reexamination of His Views” in Kerux. This article anticipates some of what I hear Oliphint discuss in his rather enthusiastic review of Brannon Ellis’s book. Swinburnson does mention Robert L. Reymond’s position in both editions of the latter’s systematic theology and the resulting controversy as exemplified in Robert Letham’s critique of Reymond’s position. Here is the link: http://www.kerux.com/doc/2501A4.asp

Now I have to examine W. G. T. Shedd’s Dogmatics and see if he engages with this “problem” in Christ’s aseity in Himself.

Richard Chelvan

5 years ago

I found this discussion very insightful and interesting and I will get the book. However, I don’t know if Brannon Ellis cites the May 2010 article by Benjamin W. Swinburnson, “John Calvin, Eternal Generation, and Communication of Essence: A Reexamination of His Views” in Kerux. This article anticipates some of what I hear Oliphint discuss in his rather enthusiastic review of Brannon Ellis’s book. Swinburnson does mention Robert L. Reymond’s position in both editions of the latter’s systematic theology and the resulting controversy as exemplified in Robert Letham’s critique of Reymond’s position. Here is the link: http://www.kerux.com/doc/2501A4.asp

Now I have to examine W. G. T. Shedd’s Dogmatics and see if he engages with this “problem” in Christ’s aseity in Himself. Oh, and for that matter, Peter Martyr Vermigli, Calvin’s contemporary.

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