Laidlaw Research Seminar - Myk Habets
Classical Dynamic Trinitarianism Reconsidered

When trinitarian theology begins with questions of the Spirit, the classical conciliar trinitarian tradition can be enriched with a more dynamic and perichoretic account of triune relations that does not bring into question classical commitments to God’s aseity, simplicity, or unity. Beginning with the biblical account of the Spirit, we are drawn to Christ, and through Christ to the Father, only then can we develop a doctrine of the immanent Trinity and allow a theo-logic to enable a constructive theology applicable to all times, peoples, and places. What Third Article Theology (TAT) highlights in this very standard theological method is the mission and procession of the Spirit as a starting point in understanding God’s economic work and how this informs our doctrine of the immanent Trinity. TAT allows the relational character of God to be clearly perceived and enriches the received tradition by removing obstacles to ecumenism and retrieving a dynamic trinitarianism eclipsed at times throughout church history. Each of these points is established by the Holy Spirit and his spiration and mission. The specific claim of TAT is that by focusing on the person and work of the Spirit we can (more?) clearly establish the fundamental tenets of orthodox trinitarianism whilst also gaining new insights into the Being and Act of the triune Lord. By looking at the Father and the Son through the Spirit, the doctrine of the Trinity takes on a distinctly relational ontology whereby there is an “eternal simultaneous non-sequential symmetrical perichoretic fully-in-act relations of the fully-in-act Father, the fully-in-act Son, and the fully-in-act Holy Spirit” (Weinandy). It is just this doctrine of the triunity of God that is classically orthodox and yet, subtly under represented in much contemporary theology. TAT has an ecumenical interest and by looking at the Trinity through the Spirit we may find more common ground between the various Christian traditions.

If you would like to attend, the seminar will be held in person on campus in Lecture Room 8 or you can join via zoom here: https://laidlaw.zoom.us/j/87670004494?from=addon Meeting ID: 876 7000 4494

Where Henderson Campus
When 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Cost FREE & open to the public

About the Speaker

Myk Habets is Senior Lecturer in Theology and Head of the School of Theology at Laidlaw College. Myk lectures in Systematic Theology and Ethics and has lectured at the University of Otago and other theological institutions in New Zealand and abroad. He is President of the Thomas F. Torrance Theological Fellowship and Associate Editor of Participatio: The Journal of the Thomas Torrance Theological Fellowship. His work is widely published in international journals, and he has published over twenty books including The Anointed Son and The Progressive Mystery. Myk’s teaching and research centre around constructive contemporary dogmatics and moral theology (ethics). He has a special interest in pneumatology and is a world- leading scholar of Third Article Theology, theosis, Spirit Christology, the theology of Thomas F. Torrance, Evangelical Calvinism, and the theological interpretation of Scripture.

About Laidlaw Research Seminars

As a part of Laidlaw’s commitment to relevant, gospel-centred, innovative research, the School of Theology faculty gather each month for a research seminar. The seminars are built around a simple format—one academic presentation followed by critical interaction. Anyone is welcome to join us—this could include postgrad students, researchers from other institutions, or any others looking to hear and interact with cutting edge theological and biblical research.