Successful Christian author Denny Burk went to the ETS and is glad to report that the whole Trinity thing has successfully been put to rest. Yes, it is beyond question over and done. Established and respected evangelical professors of theology Wayne Grudem and Bruce Ware, harshly and unexpectedly accused of embracing views of the Trinity not compatible with the Nicene formulation, declared themselves both believers, now, in the eternal generation of the Son. As we can see, the ETS got to the bottom of it, and in that way the ETS is not unlike the Gospel Coalition, another very good outfit.
This historic formulation of an essential component of Trinitarian orthodoxy for over sixteen centuries was at last explained in such a way to these eminent evangelical theologians that they were able to sense that exegesis supported it rather than simply quod ubique, quod semper, quod ab omnibus credituni est. So that red line was crossed by them, much to the joy of Denny Burk who got a perfect angle on the story from it. Apparently there is an academic paper delivered in utter obscurity some while back which offered incontrovertible evidence even these eminent evangelical theologians could understand (and also proved that on the whole evangelical scholarship is accomplishing something). It was found to be exactly the lamp to bring light to this bewildering situation, oddly enough, and as a result the whole thing is completely behind us. Who knows, the paper may even be published, it is that good.
So the controversy is behind us. Behind everybody, that is, who is polite. [Persons are probably urged to go ahead and not obtain more information from places without tone.] One can understand why Denny Burk feels it is a moment for great rejoicing. The embarrassing interlude so rudely and rashly begun by the loose cannons of Philadelphia, creedalist prelates with—as everybody has so rightly protested—a most dubious tone has been debated to the bottom in high places. Eternal generation was mentioned, affirmed, the Trinity stands, of course, its basic, duh, nobody denies it and never has, that’s what other people do, we do exegesis, scholarly academic papers, Biblical hermeneutics, inerrancy, complementarianism, Gospel, evangelism, conferences and programs you can trust, and books, because we are, after all, the good guys here. The knock-down drag-out final outcome of it all is that internet bystanders ought to move on: there is no heresy to see, folks, and there never was and never of course shall be world without end. The blog of intellectual fundamentalism even linked to Denny Burk, that’s how solid this achievement is.
In fact, those designated to prosecute the accused in the proper academic forum exhibited contradictory opinions (Oh ho!), and one old stalwart, Millard Erickson, never accused of anything apparently, has never even himself come so far in affirming eternal generation as have the distinguished, patient, and tractable Grudem and Ware. So they’re even better than when it all started. Well, at least as far as the intelligible and perspicacious Dr. Ware is concerned. As far as Wayne Grudem goes, and I urge this with the utmost respect and all desired tone, should not Denny Burk perhaps wait a few months before perpetrating narratives of absolution?