Dale Tuggy has posted a podcast in which Bill Hasker reviews recent scholarship regarding the fourth century trinitarian debates. From what I can tell Hasker is reading from his recent book Metaphysics and the Tri-Personal God. Given how expensive the book is, I am delighted that Hasker has made available this podcast to us. His summary of recent scholarship appears to be reliable. I commend it to anyone who is interested in the Arian crisis. For further reading on this topic pick-up Nicaea and its Legacy by Lewis Ayres.
Tuggy follows Hasker’s reading with his own remarks. He dissents from Hasker’s insistence that the doctrine of the Trinity as formulated by St Athanasius and the Cappdocians faithfully represents the Christian understanding of God, even if one believes, as Hasker does, that it should be corrected at points and developed along social trinitarian lines. Tuggy proposes a provocative thought experiment, which I hope to comment upon in a future posting.