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New Credo Podcast! What are the processions of the Trinity?

What are eternal processions? The language of “processions” may be foreign to some today, but the Great Tradition capitalized on this language to describe the Trinity and keep heresy at bay. From the church fathers to the medieval and Protestant scholastics, theologians used the language of procession to explain how the Son is eternally begotten from the Father and the how the Spirit is eternally spirated from the Father and the Son. Critical as it is to distinguish the Son’s procession from the Father and the Spirit’s procession from the Father and the Son, how do we do so without forfeiting the simplicity of the Trinity?

Evangelicalism has been marked by its tendency to compromise the eternal processions of the Trinity. Yet these processions in the Trinity remain vital to distinguishing the persons and protecting their consubstantiality with one another. In this episode, Glenn Butner joins Matthew Barrett to discuss the mystery of processions in the Trinity and why processions are so essential for Christian orthodoxy today.

Glenn Butner, Jr.

Glenn Butner, Jr. (M.Div., Duke Divinity School, Ph.D., Marquette University) is assistant professor of theology and Christian ministry at Sterling College in Sterling, KS. His first book, The Son who Learned Obedience: A Theological Case Against the Eternal Submission of the Son was released in 2018.

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, which won the 2022 Christianity Today Book of the Year Award in Theology/Ethics. He is writing a Systematic Theology with Baker Academic.

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