The Threeness of God, part 2: Three Mistakes

I. Modalistic Monarchianism: God as Mike Myers
One source, three roles (Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier)
1. Why only three?
2. Does a role reveal an actor?
3. Can you have a personal relationship with a role?
4. To whom does Jesus pray? (Sabellianism)
5. Who was on the cross? (Patripassianism: "the Father suffered")
6. Is the cross just an act?

II. Dynamic Monarchianism: God as Marcus Aurelius
Adoptionism: Jesus is assimilated into God from outside
1. What does an adopted (not begotten) Jesus tell us of his adoptive parent?
2. To be saved, do we need to be perfect too?
3. How is God involved on the cross?

III. Tritheism: God as the Three Musketeers
God's "unity" is merely the moral unity of three individuals
1. How does one person reveal another?
2. Tritheism divides God's glory (cf. Deut. 6:12-15)
3. Subordinationism: Son and Spirit are inferior "creatures"
(cf. Col. 1:15, John 14:28, 1 Cor. 15:28, Phil. 2:5-11)
4. On the cross, God is a dysfunctional family

IV. The Rule of Faith
Heresy's vicious circle, orthodoxy's virtuous circle
Regula fidei as guardian of God's goodness and salvation's power
Reading Scripture right presupposes right faith
Nicene/Apostles' creeds embody the regula fidei
Trinity is the sum of Scripture and the key to its interpretation

V. Call No God Father: Patriarchy and the Challenge of Feminist Theology
Christianity's mixed results: Part of the solution, or part of the problem?
Reactionaries, radicals, and moderates
Questioning masculine images of God
What oppresses women? The "hermeneutic of suspicion"
Jesus' maleness doesn't mean God's
Should we call God "Father"? Renaming God
The liberated, inclusive Church