Mere Social Trinitarianism, the Eternal Relations of Origin, and Models of God


  • Andrew Hollingsworth Brewton-Parker College



Social trinitarians are divided on whether the doctrine of the eternal relations of origin (DERO) should be maintained. In this paper, I focus on what social trinitarianism (ST) must affirm and cannot affirm by way of the divine attributes in order to maintain the DERO. First, I offer my own proposal for a mere ST before turning to the DERO, as the ST term currently suffers many uses and definitions. Second, I turn my attention to ST and the divine attributes. The DERO requires one to affirm other divine attributes of God, such as divine atemporality, divine immutability, and divine impassability. If the social trinitarian desires to maintain the DERO, then they have to maintain these other attributes. However, they will have to forgo the doctrine of divine simplicity because it is incompatible with ST. I conclude by bringing this discussion to bear on models of God and the divine attributes, arguing that the DERO-affirming social trinitarian only has one such model available to them.

Author Biography

  • Andrew Hollingsworth, Brewton-Parker College

    Andrew Hollingsworth is Part-Time Professor of Christian Studies and Online Instructional Design Specialist at Brewton-Parker College in Mt. Vernon, Georgia. He is also Adjunct Professor of Theological and Historical Studies at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.