Global Missiology English, Vol 2, No 6 (2009)

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A Covenantal Ontology of the Triune God: An Attempt to Expound the Relationship between the Covenant and Ontology and Answer Richard Phillips’ Criticisms of My Views

Ralph Allan Smith


This essay is an attempt to develop further my thinking about the Trinitarian covenant while I respond to Richard Phillips’ various criticisms of my books on the Trinity, especially the criticisms that the notion of a covenant among the Persons of the Trinity is mere speculation and that my views of Trinitarian ontology were unclear and confused. With regard to the first, I have presented more extensive evidence of a covenant relationships among the persons of the trinity. Included in that evidence is a suggested revision of the way we view the ontology of the Triune God. I hope that this essay can make some contribution toward the development of a distinctly Reformed view of the Trinity.