Equality and the Trinity (book review)

ONE GOD IN THREE PERSONSEquality and Trinity
Unity of Essence, Distinction of Persons,
Implications for Life
Edited by Bruce Ware & John Starke
Crossway. 265 pages. £14.99
ISBN 978 1 433 528 422

We live in a time in the West which has become suspicious of all authority. It is generally seen as oppressive and demeaning of others.

This fuels the argument concerning the roles of men and women in the home and in the church. The battle over the legitimacy of authority, in matters such as male headship in the family has now led right back to God, with questions concerning the relationships between the Persons of the Holy Trinity. Pro-feminist, egalitarian theologians have recently tried to argue that any thought of the eternal submission of the Son to the Father inevitably undermines the true deity of the Son and leads towards the error of Arianism.

This book is a robust rebuttal of this charge. It is written by complementarians who believe that both the Scriptures and the fundamental creeds of the church have always taught that the Father, Son and Spirit are identical in essence and equal in status, but that there is a structure to their relationship. In particular they argue that the Son’s obedience to the Father during his incarnation is rooted in his eternal willing subordination to the Father.


The first chapter sees Wayne Grudem uncovering the doctrinal deviations into which evangelical feminists (to read more click here)

Dr. John Benton

This article was first published in the September issue of Evangelicals Now. For more news, articles or reviews, visit us online or subscribe to en for monthly updates.