CBMW Trinity Panel
Here is some breaking news. On September 9th, on the campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood will host a panel discussion on the Trinity and Gender with Dr. Bruce Ware and Dr. Gregg Allison. Here is the blurb that will be sent out concerning this event:
The Trinity and Gender Panel Discussion
CBMW and the School of Church Ministries are sponsoring a panel discussion that will include Dr. Bruce Ware and Dr. Gregg Allison on issues concerning the Trinity and Gender. The panel will discuss the authority-submission structure of the Father and Son and how it relates to current gender debates. The panel discussion will take place on September 9, 2009, 10-11:00 am, Heritage Hall.
The audio and video will be available through SBTS and CBMW’s websites. This issue is hotly debated within seminary campuses, churches, and theological societies. You can read Bruce Ware’s article “Equal in Essence, Distinct in Roles: Eternal Functional Authority and Submission Among the Essentially Equally Divine Persons of the Godhead” for a good summary of the arguments.
Why is this event happening? God’s revelation of himself is at stake. Much ink has been spilled and many debates have occurred over the past decade. Most recently, on the campus of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, a debate occurred between Bruce Ware (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) and Wayne Grudem (Phoenix Seminary) versus Drs. Tom McCall (TEDS) and Keith Yandell (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Both Grudem and Ware have written extensively on the subject. The following publications have been released contra Ware and Grudem:
Jesus and the Father: Modern Evangelicals Reinvent the Doctrine of the Trinity
“The Subordination of Christ and the Subordination of Women” in Discovery Biblical Equality
The Trinity and Subordination: The Doctrine of God and the Contemporary Gender Debate
Who’s Tampering with the Trinity?
God in Three Persons: A Contemporary Interpretation of the Trinity
“Hermeneutical Bungee-Jumping: Subordination in the Godhead,” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
There many other publications on both sides that contribute to the debate.
Here is what specifically is at stake in this debate:
- Historical Theology – Which side can claim orthodoxy and the early church fathers.
- Systematic Theology – Doctrine of God, christology, and his God’s revelation of himself, which effect every other major areas of systematics.
- Exegesis and Hermeneutics
- Gender – Scripture applies this very doctrine to the home. “But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God” (I Cor. 11:3).
More updates will be given when they are available.