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As Believers we can impose our ideas on God in order to pump up vested interests. One of these ploys is the supposed hierarchy of the trinity. There is none - so this is not a fruitful source of authority to limit the voice of women in the home or the church.


“It was Gregory Nazianzen, especially in his famous ‘Five Theological Orations’ .. delivered at the Council of Constantinople in 381, who, following his theological hero Athanasius, provided Christian theology with the most influential teaching about the Holy Trinity. .. He had no hesitation in applying the homoousion to the Holy Spirit, and would have nothing do with his fellow Cappadocians’ description of the divine Persons as ‘modes of Being (τρ
όποι πάρξ∊ως).

“Moreover, he dissociated himself from the element of subordinationism or ‘degrees of Deity’ implied in the way they related the Son and the Spirit to the Father as the ‘Principle’ (
ρχή) or ‘Cause’ (αìτία) of their Deity. (1)

Through his alternative conception of the divine Persons as timeless, beginningless, uncaused relations subsisting ineffably in the Blessed and Adorable Trinity he gave us the most powerful account of the inseparable oneness of the divine Persons, and indeed the identity between the one ever living Being of God and the three coequal divine Persons. (1)

These remarks should undermine male domination in church, marriage and family but more to the point, reveal a state of relationship and community that is normative for all who take the name of God.

These words have much to say about manipulation, control and hierarchy in the church in that in the trinity, there is no hierarchy. This is not to say that there is no leadership in the church. There is but not by blind leaders of the blind. But by those with a natural facility to lead that is rooted in oneness with God and new covenant communion that becomes a channel of light and life through their ministry. For this reason we draw on the theological scholarship of Thomas Torrance, Karl Barth and the Church Fathers and eschew would be adjustments to the Gospel of Jesus, Paul and John.


The perichoretic communion of the trinity – being part of each other yet being a self is the model for marriage, family and church. It is also the model for the new creation Kingdom of God and the kind of government that it lived rather than imposed.

Competence to minister in the spirit is ours when we are joined to the oneness and communion that is God as trinity. ‘He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant--not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life’ 2 Cor 3.6 NIV. Joined to the life hub of the universe – the Family of God we become channels of spirit and life in the manner of Jesus – because He is our life.

(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 127). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.