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Podcast Throwback: What is Simplicity and Does it Matter?

Welcome to the Credo Podcast, where theological ideas have consequences. Today, we’re highlighting a fascinating conversation from the archives between Matthew Barrett and James Dolezal


What does it mean for God to be unity as opposed to a God who is compounded of parts? Are God’s attributes and essence identical? How are immutability and eternity compromised if we reject simplicity?

In this episode, Dr. Matthew Barrett is joined by Dr. James Dolezal to discuss divine simplicity, the attributes of God, the importance of classical theism, and why simplicity makes all the difference for a biblical understanding of the doctrine of God.

James Dolezal

James Dolezal (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor of Theology in the School of Divinity at Cairn University where he teaches church history, trinitarian theology, and philosophy. He is the author of two books: God without Parts: Divine Simplicity and the Metaphysics of God’s Absoluteness and All That Is in God: Evangelical Theology and the Challenge of Classical Christian Theism.

Matthew Barrett

Matthew Barrett is the executive editor of Credo Magazine and the host of the Credo podcast. He is associate professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the author of several books, including Simply Trinity: The Unmanipulated Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; Canon, Covenant and Christology; and None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God.

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