Trinity, subordination, and heresy: a reply to Mark Edwards

Ryan T. Mullins

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In this article, I offer some analytic reflections on Mark Edward's paper, "Is Subordinationism a Heresy?" I shall discuss the desiderata for a conciliar Trinitarian theology, the divine essence, and the different notions of subordination that Edwards identifies. Then I shall consider two arguments that certain accepted, conciliar notions of subordination lead to heretical notions of subordination. Thus raising the worry that conciliar Trinitarian theology might involve some internal incoherence between the homoousios doctrine and the subordination of the Son and Holy Spirit to the Father.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTheoLogica: An International Journal for Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology
Issue number2
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Feb 2020


  • Trinity
  • Subordination
  • Eternal generation
  • Analytic theology


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