Blog Posts by Alastair Roberts

The Eternal Subordination of the Son Debate: Concluding Reflections (Part 1)

Article by   April 2017
In an online context, where conversations move at a breakneck speed, we so often fail to carve out time for proper deliberation and reflection. After the firestorm of one debate has passed, we can swiftly move on to the... continue

Subordination in Scripture: Indivisible Divine Authority in Mutually Defining Relations

Article by   January 2017
In the previous post in this series, I made some remarks upon the meaning of the term κεφαλή, especially in the context of 1 Corinthians 11:3. Challenging the supposed meaning of this term among certain advocates of the eternal subordination... continue

Subordination in Scripture: κεφαλή in 1 Corinthians 11:3

Article by   November 2016
Perhaps the text that is closest to the heart of the ESS (eternal subordination of the Son) debate is found in 1 Corinthians 11:3. The prominence of this text is in large measure due to the manner in which... continue

The Eternal Subordination of the Son Controversy: Reconciling Scripture and Dogma

Article by   October 2016
The proper authority of dogmatic theology is legitimized through the regular demonstration of its truth and power. This can only occur as the authority of dogmatic theology is consistently and repeatedly shown to arise out from and practically to... continue

The Eternal Subordination of the Son Controversy: The Tension Between Bible and Doctrine

Article by   September 2016
The current debate surrounding the eternal subordination of the Son (ESS) has highlighted a number of existing tensions in evangelical theological circles. Perhaps one of the most significant of these is the tension between dogmatic and biblical theology. The... continue

The Eternal Subordination of the Son: The Need for Trinitarian Clarity (Part 2)

Article by   August 2016
In the previous post in this series, we began to consider some of the theological concerns that surface in the teaching of those who hold to a form of the ERAS/ESS position. In this post, we wish to consider these... continue

The Eternal Subordination of the Son Controversy: The Need for Trinitarian Clarity

Article by   July 2016
Most criticisms of the eternal subordination of the Son (ESS) position have focused upon deficiencies in its Trinitarian theology. In my last post I commented upon some of the problems with the term and concept of subordination. Within this... continue

The Eternal Subordination of the Son Controversy: Subordination

Article by   July 2016
Teasing out the many different threads of the current eternal subordination of the Son (ESS) debate is a daunting task. The sheer range of different positions and issues represented within the conversation can be bewildering. Perhaps one of the... continue

The Eternal Subordination of the Son Controversy: Survey of Some Relevant Material

Article by   June 2016
It has seldom received as public an airing as is now possible in the context of social media, yet controversy surrounding the eternal subordination of the Son position (ESS) is not new. Although it has not usually intruded upon the... continue

The Eternal Subordination of the Son Controversy: The Debate so Far

Article by   June 2016
The most recent eruption of the eternal subordination of the Son controversy began with a couple of provocative posts by Liam Goligher, pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, over on Aimee Byrd's Housewife Theologian blog.    Goligher's posts sharply criticized... continue
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