In contemporary Trinitarian theology, conservative Christians have alltoo often been moving in one of two directions: either inadvertentlyundermining the full divinity of the Son--therebyturning Christianityinto a unitarianism--orinadvertently distinguishing the divine persons inways that are logically tritheistic. In response, Swain and Sanders have puttogether an important and profound volume whose timing simply couldnot be better. -- Matthew Levering, James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary
Retrieving Eternal Generation is a vital gift to evangelical theology. The variousauthors provide stimulating biblical exegesis, hermeneutical breadth,historical expertise, and theological depth. Respectfully but courageouslyengaging the challengers of this classic doctrine, they transcend polemicsto contribute fresh dogmatic insight. I will be referring to several of theseessays again and again. -- Daniel J. Treier, Knoedler Professor of Theology, Wheaton College Graduate School
The Christian teaching of the eternal generation of the Son has from thebeginning engendered detailed scrutiny and fierce opposition, and again inthe present, the doctrine is causing great controversy. By way of response,Swain and Sanders have gathered together for this volume a range of expertsfrom the fields of biblical exegesis, church history, and systematic theologyto consider this teaching in detail. The result is a powerful and dynamicdefence of the doctrine, insisting vigorously upon its scriptural, traditional,and dogmatic importance. At a time of much doctrinal diversity and uncertainty,this book lucidly sets out a salutary and welcome account of thisvenerable teaching and of its central significance for faithful Christian belief. -- Paul T Nimmo, King’s Chair of Systematic Theology, University of Aberdeen
Retrieval is an important part of the task systematic theology faces today.In Retrieving Eternal Generation, Scott Swain and Fred Sanders, along withtheir fellow contributors, render a great service to the church and theology.In the midst of a fierce and sometimes confused debate over the doctrineof the Trinity, this excellent collection of essays provides a careful biblical,historical, and conceptual analysis that helps uncover the profound richnessof the classic understanding of the Sonand rsquo;s eternal generation from the Father.Retrieving Eternal Generation brings together some of the best of biblical,patristic, and doctrinal theology in a convincing case for a doctrine thatis unjustly accused of being overly metaphysical or Greek, among otherdeprecating terms. It shows that, to the contrary, this doctrine is vital forproper confession of the triune God. -- Dolf te Velde, assistant professor of systematic theology, Theological University Kampen
It is essential to our true understanding of the triune God that we be clearabout the biblical and dogmatic basis for our confession. This book bringstogether an impressive array of world-class theologians whose Scholarshipis matched by their godliness addressing one of the key components of thattask; the basis of our knowledge of relations in God. -- Dr. Liam Goligher, senior minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA
The creedal doctrine that the Son of God was and ldquo;begotten of the Fatherbefore all worldsand rdquo; is a notion that is often misunderstood or else malignedby many contemporary theologians. In this context, Swain and Sanders havebrought together an impressive collection of essays from across the theologicaldisciplines in order to elucidate and defend this linchpin Trinitariandoctrine. The bookand rsquo;s coherence lies not only in the sum of its parts but alsoin the synthetic nature of its individual chapters. This is retrieval theologyat its best--carefulin its treatment of the historical sources and relevant inits theological import. -- R. Lucas Stamps, assistant professor of Christian studies, Anderson University
About the Author
Fred Sanders (PhD, Graduate Theological Union) is professor of theology in the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University in La Mirada, California. He is author of numerous books including The Triune God in the New Studies in Dogmatics series; The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything; and Dr. Doctrines’ Christian Comix. He is coeditor of Jesus in Trinitarian Perspective: An Introductory Christology and Retrieving Eternal Generation. Fred is a core participant in the Theological Engagement with California’s Culture Project and a popular blogger at The Scriptorium Daily.