The Trinity, Gender Roles, the Tail, and the Dog

I recently ran across this from the Henry Center:

The Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School is excited to announce that on October 9th, 2008 at 6:30pm, it will host a Trinity Debate at the TEDS Chapel (Deerfield, IL) featuring Drs. Bruce Ware (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) and Wayne Grudem (Phoenix Seminary) versus Drs. Tom McCall (TEDS) and Keith Yandell (University of Wisconsin-Madison) on the question:

“Do relations of authority and submission exist eternally among the Persons of the Godhead?”

It reminds me of a point of caution Mike Riley made effectively in his paper on the Trinity at the Bible Faculty Leadership Summit: We shouldn’t let the tail wag the dog. Our views on gender (whether complementarian or egalitarian) must not determine or adjust our view of the Trinity!

I’m not at all saying the Henry Center debaters are guilty of this, only that it’s a problem of which we should stay aware in these fractious times.

Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.

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