The eternal co-equality of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is at the heart of the Christian doctrine of God. It establishes the basis for the divinity of Christ and distinguishes Christianity from all other religions.
However, some evangelicals now claim that the Son is eternally subordinate to the Father, and that this understanding of the Trinity supports their view of the permanent subordination of women to men.
This collection of three workshops on the Trinity by leading evangelical theologians describes the classical view of the Trinity in contrast to current arguments for the eternal subordination of the Son to the Father.
The Eternal Subordination of the Son and the Permanent Subordination of Women
KEVIN GILES (Th.D., Australian College of Theology) is vicar of St. Michael's Church (Anglican) in North Carlton, Australia. He has also served as a minister and consulting theologian for World Vision Australia.
Theology of Gender Identity as Distinct and Interdependent
RICHARD HOWELL is the general secretary of the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) and the vice-chairperson of the International Council of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA). He has also served as the principal of Allahabad Bible Seminary. Richard and his wife Sunita live in Delhi with their three daughters.
Subordination in the Godhead: A Re-Emerging Heresy
GILBERT BILEZIKIAN (Th.D., Boston University) is professor emeritus of biblical studies at Wheaton College. He is a charter member and elder at Willow Creek Community Church and the author of many books, including Beyond Sex Roles.