Recovering the Doctrine of Divine Missions for Evangelical Theology

Adonis Vidu’s writing project continues. Exciting.

Opera Ad Extra: The Inseparable Works of the Triune God

One of the biggest surprises of my research into the doctrine of inseparable operations (DIO) was the discovery of the doctrine of divine missions (DDM). Augustine is the first theologian (I may be wrong here) that unpacks the metaphysics of DDM. After him, DDM becomes replete in the West. It still remains an important locus of Catholic theology.

What makes DDM special? While other traditions also talk about the missions of the Son and the Holy Spirit, in the West DDM has become almost an integrating motif. It is carefully correlated with a theistic metaphysics. That means that it interprets the scriptural language of the sending of the Son and the Holy Spirit by bringing to bear the theology of divine attributes (simplicity, immutability, omnipresence, divine unity, etc.). DDM has thus come to dogmatically anchor reflection on Christology, pneumatology, soteriology, ecclesiology, eschatology.

The following are the essential elements of DDM:

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3 thoughts on “Recovering the Doctrine of Divine Missions for Evangelical Theology

  1. Danut, I really appreciate your consistent support for my work. I’d love to chat about some of these things, especially as it pertains to Eastern Orthodoxy’s view on divine action (especially uncreated energies).

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