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Calvin, Classical Trinitarianism, and the Aseity of the Son

Brannon Ellis


For much of his career as a Reformer, John Calvin was involved in trinitarian controversy. Not only did these controversies span his career, but his opponents ranged across the spectrum of theological approaches — from staunch traditionalists to radical antitrinitarians. Remarkably, the heart of Calvin's argument, and the heart of others' criticism, remained the same throughout: Calvin claimed that the only-begotten Son of the Father is also, as the one true God, ‘of himself’. This book investigates the various Reformation and post-Reformation responses to Calvin's affirmation of the Son's ase ... More

Keywords: aseity, doctrine of God, eternal generation, Jesus Christ, John Calvin, Reformation, Reformed, self-existence, Son of God, trinitarianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199652402
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199652402.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brannon Ellis, author
Independent scholar