I am always surprised when I see evangelicals dismissing the patristic trinitarian and christological dogmas, because they regard them as incoherent, irrelevant, or unbiblical. Over at one forum, e.g., a group of evangelicals are discussing “How do you explain the Trinity?” with most contributors taking the position that the doctrine is hokum. Apparently the trinitarian doctrine has become merely optional in evangelical Christianity.
But Tom Belt fortunately understands why the classical dogmas are essential and indispensable: “God wants the most intimate of experienced union possible between created and uncreated being.” The dogmas protect the Orthodox vision of theosis. If Jesus Christ is not Theanthropos, the God-man, then he cannot incorporate us into the eternal life of the Father, Son, and Spirit.
Some might be wondering when we’re going to stop beating up on Greg Boyd. I hope we haven’t been beating up on him, but if anyone feels like we have been, you’ll be pleased to know that we’re done — for now at least! For the record though, Dwayne and I have deep respect and love for Greg. When it comes to those who have influenced our thinking, Greg is at the top of the list for both of us. We know his work as well as anyone, and we know Trinity & Process better than — well, you get the idea. At this point we rest our case: Greg’s present kenoticism is a denial of his view of God’s essential defining necessity presented in TP. We think the academically professional thing for him to…
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