Theology conference on the Trinity at SBTS

Southern Seminary will host a theology conference on the Trinity this September 20-21. The speaker line-up looks fantastic, and it includes Fred Sanders, Wayne Grudem, Robert Letham, Scott Horrell, and Lewis Ayres. This is one you won’t want to miss. For more information and to register, check it out here.

UPDATE: Audio and video from the conference as now been made available. You can watch/listen or download below.

Lewis Ayers

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Fred Sanders

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Scott Horrell

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Wayne Grudem

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  • Michael Metts

    I saw that and would really like to go! I’m presently signed up for the Carl F. H. Henry Conference, that same week I believe.

  • Suzanne McCarthy

    This is one line from De Trinitate Book 4, chapter 20 where potestas is translated into English as power,

    “quia non secundum imparem potestatem uel substantiam uel aliquid quod in eo patri non sit aequale missus est”

    “because He was not sent in respect to any inequality of power, or substance, or anything that in Him was not equal to the Father;”

    Here is an example of what potestas means, in Matthew 28:18,

    “Data est mihi omnis potestas in cælo et in terra”: Vulgate

    “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” KJV

    “????? ??? ???? ??????? ?? ?????? ??? ??? [a]??? ???·” Greek

    “Edothé moi passa exousia en ouranw kai epi tés gés”

    “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” ESV

    So, in this historical analysis, exousia = potestas = power, which is changed in English into authority later. But when the creeds were written exousia = potestas and that is the word which appears in the creeds in English as “power.”

    I have a 1654 Greek Latin lexicon in which exousia is translated as potestas. My perception is that Augustine and the doctrinal statement of ETS actually means this –

    “because He was not sent in respect to any inequality of power (which was potestas and this is exousia) or substance, or anything that in Him was not equal to the Father;”

    “God is a Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each an uncreated person, one in essence, equal in power(a translation of exousia) and glory.”

    So, do most of those who attend a conference on the trinity believe that the Son is equal in exousia, to the Father, or not? I have often wondered about this.

    Is this clear enough? I know its a little tricky, but I think Augustine should be read in the original, if possible.

  • Adam Cavalier

    I took a whole class on the Trinity from Dr. Horrell at DTS and he’s truly an under-appreciated blessing to the church. What a godly man! SBTS will be blessed for having him speak there.

  • Suzanne McCarthy

    Is it possible to find out whether Christ is equal to the Father in authority or not? Is this a permissible question? Is there an interest in clarity and teaching on the trinity? I have read a lot but never an answer to this. Is this secret information?

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