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A Development, Not a Departure

The Lacunae in the Debate of the Doctrine of the Trinity and Gender Roles

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781629954141
Publication Date 06/29/18

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This dissertation examines the missing elements in the current debate about the doctrine of the Trinity where it relates to gender roles. Yang provides biblical solutions for evaluating the arguments of this debate, as well as its relevant issues and significance.


“Once an atheist and feminist, Hongyi Yang has researched with depth, weighs all sides, raises legitimate concerns for all, and knows where to take the reader without overstating her reasoned complementarian case. Her arguments help reset the direction for evangelical conversation and greater maturity.”

—J. Scott Horrell, Professor of Theological Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

“A truly impressive analysis of recent debates about the eternal submission of the Son to the Father in the Trinity. Her work is carefully reasoned, remarkably insightful, and comprehensive in scope. Where she pointed out shortcomings in my own writings on this topic, I found her evaluations to be thoughtful and useful. I am happy to give this book a strong commendation.”

—Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary

“A vehement debate has arisen in evangelical circles on the eternal hypostatic relations, prompting accusations of heresy. With incisive analysis, Dr. Yang carefully probes weaknesses—of historical, theological, and exegetical kinds—on all sides. . . . A book that cannot be ignored.”

—Robert Letham, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Union School of Theology

“The subject is complex and controversial, but we can be thankful for Yang’s clarity and research. Yang recognizes that she has not written the last word on this subject, but . . . I am grateful for this fine study and expect that it will be often cited in future discussions.”

—Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


The Author

Hongyi Yang

Hongyi Yang

Hongyi Yang (M.A., Beijing Normal University; M.S., University of North Texas; M.A., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is director of the Mandarin Translation Project for MTS Program and assistant professor of theology in women’s studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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