Trinity and Creation

A Scriptural and Confessional Account

By Richard C. Barcellos

Trinity and Creation

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A Scriptural and Confessional Account

By Richard C. Barcellos

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Trinity and Creation explores Scripture and the Reformed confession on the doctrine of creation as they relate to the triune God. When considering an act of God, it is important to understand the agent of the act in order to account properly for the act of the agent. Any faithful account of divine creation must ground its argument first in the God who creates. This method of treating the doctrine of creation is displayed in this book. It will become clear to readers that understanding the nature of God is essential in order to account for what God does. It will also become clear that this is not a novel method of accounting for creation. This book argues that not prioritizing theology proper in our accounting for creation is a recipe for theological novelty and, if unchecked, heresy. Trinity and Creation is offered to account for creatures given who God is, to display that its argument is firmly rooted in the Christian theological tradition, to address the views of some who (it will be argued) apply a faulty method when accounting for creatures, and to enhance readers’ knowledge and worship of our triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“We live in a day when Christians tend to think of God as merely a bigger version of themselves. As a result, the Creator is not distinguished from the creature, and key attributes or perfections are either abandoned or significantly modified. Barcellos has issued a much-needed wake-up call, one that rightly distinguishes the Creator from the creature, refusing to compromise the Creator’s simplicity, immutability, timeless eternality, aseity, and much more. Contrary to popular assumptions, apart from this classical view of God, creation itself has no adequate explanation. Every serious student of theology should read Barcellos and return to these ancient paths. Only then will we avoid the temptation that modern theology has fallen into, that is, the temptation to domesticate God.”

—Matthew Barrett, author of None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God



“Richard Barcellos offers a meticulous analysis of the Second London Confession of Faith’s treatment of the doctrine of creation, carefully explaining how the concise statement unfolds into a robust and trinitarian systematic theology of creation. Along the way he is able to clearly identify the contours of historic Reformed orthodoxy on the doctrine of creation while identifying deviations from this tradition among certain contemporary Reformed evangelicals. The theological options are clearly outlined, and Barcellos makes a compelling case for historic orthodoxy, leaving no doubt as to the dogmatic issues at stake. This work will have considerable pedagogical and catechetical value in Reformed contexts.”

—Glenn Butner, author of The Son Who Learned Obedience: A Theological Case Against the Eternal Submission of the Son



“So much contemporary theology betrays a dangerous impatience with mystery and the limitations of creaturely knowledge of God. In a vain attempt to bring God into a closer relationship to creation, even some Reformed and evangelical theologians now are denying God’s simplicity and immutability. They seem to think that they can change classical, Nicene, metaphysical doctrines, yet still somehow escape the pitfalls those doctrines were designed to avoid. But to say that God is both changing and unchanging is not a paradox, but a contradiction, and by introducing contradictions into our doctrine of God they destabilize it in dangerous ways. In this careful work, Richard Barcellos patiently explains, in a step-by-step way, the reasons why the metaphysical doctrines of classical theism are enshrined within the Reformed creeds of the seventeenth century and why it is folly to abandon this creedal wisdom for contemporary fads. This is an enlightening and clearly argued book, which contributes to the retrieval of classical orthodoxy in our day.”

—Craig A. Carter, author of Interpreting Scripture with the Great Tradition: Recovering the Genius of Premodern Exegesis



Trinity and Creation: A Scriptural and Confessional Account is a stunningly rich and marvelously astute study of the Creator/creature distinction, one often lost in our theological talk today. Richard Barcellos has served the church of Christ well and has given us a delightful example of theological writing that makes the spirit praise, the mind expand, and the heart soar.”

—Liam Goligher, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



“Richard Barcellos writes with insight and great economy setting out the trinitarian doctrine of creation, embodying in this account the general hermeneutical insights of Scripture that it implies. . . . This doctrine of the creation expresses the purest trinitarian theism, in understanding that God—infinite, eternal, unchangeable—creates ex nihilo a finite universe of time and space, and subject to change. The unchanging God gives being to a creation that is teeming with change. . . . This study is both demanding and uplifting. It is highly recommended.”

—Paul Helm, King’s College, London



“Understanding the doctrines of God and creation, and the relationship between them, is the lifeblood of systematic theology. Richard Barcellos shows ably how and why the triune God remains unchanged by creation even while all things in creation relate to him. The result is a piece of sound confessional theology that addresses contemporary controversies fairly and biblically, while placing the doctrine of the Trinity at the center of the doctrine of creation.”

—Ryan M. McGraw, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary



“The biblical proclamation of creation is first and foremost a revelation of the eternal, unchangeable, almighty, sovereign, transcendent, immanent, trinitarian God. Christ’s church has borne witness to this God-glorifying theology of creation from the beginning. Rooted in Scripture, faithful to confessional orthodoxy, supplemented from major theological writings, and juxtaposed with modern aberrant proposals, Dr. Barcellos’s book guides the reader sure-footedly along the way of truth about God the Creator. It is time to address these fundamental aspects of the doctrine of creation long neglected in the battle over evolution. Creation should be an occasion of knowing and praising God before rushing to apologetics. I recommend this clarion call to embrace the architectonic doctrine of God.”

—D. Scott Meadows, Calvary Baptist Church (Reformed), Exeter, New Hampshire

Contributors-

Richard C. Barcellos

Bio(s)-

Richard C. Barcellos is pastor of Grace Reformed Baptist Church, Palmdale, California. He is the author of The Lord’s Supper as a Means of Grace (2013) and Getting the Garden Right (2017).

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