Reframing the Trinity
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Our free summer Evening Public Lectures feature a wide range of professors, both guests and Regent regulars. Enjoy delving deep into a pressing issue with a wise guide; then brave the mic to ask your burning question. Better (and cheaper) than a night at the movies.
Due to closure of the College related to Covid-19, all of our Summer 2020 lectures will be streamed online.
Lecture Description: In rightly affirming the Trinity, the Cappadocian fathers emphasized Matt 28:17’s formula, “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” Unfortunately, it lacks the one word—LORD—that most clearly identifies Jesus as God, and which Jesus himself and Paul his apostle together prioritise when speaking of Jesus’ identity (e.g. Ps 110:1 in Mark 12:35-37 par; 1 Cor 8:6). Careful attention to the significance of “LORD” and “son” in the Scriptures and the New Testament not only dissolves several long-standing trinitarian debates but suggests the need to reframe the traditional formula to more fully reflect the biblical witness.
Rikk Watts served as Regent College's Professor of New Testament from 1996-2016. Along with his position as a Research Professor with Regent, he is currently the Dean of Theology at Alphacrucis College in Australia. Initially trained as an aeronautical engineer, Rikk worked for a number of years with IBM in large retail systems engineering while undertaking a degree in philosophy, art history, and sociology. He later joined a parachurch organization engaged in Christian awareness projects in public schools and in providing crisis accommodation and various rehabilitation programs for the urban poor. He was a founding member of On Being, a major Australian Christian magazine, and supported himself and his family as a professional drummer. n addition to Alphacrucis and Regent, Rikk has served as an instructor at Gordon-Conwell (Boston), Wycliffe Hall (Oxford), Latrobe University (Melbourne), and the Bible College of Victoria (Melbourne).
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