Equality-with-Headship: A Trinitarian Expression in Christian Life and Society

This paper seeks to describe Christian personhood and society through Trinitarian theology using Biblical models such as family, church, and nation. Our working question is, “Is the Christian society designed to reflect the Trinity?” If the Christian society is designed to reflect the Trinity, how are we to understand the Trinitarian design, and what Biblical models do we have?
We will answer these questions by first striking a balance between the trinitarian approaches of extreme egalitarian view of persons found in areas of social-trinitarianism (e.g., Plantinga and Boff) and extreme subordinationism found in monarchial views (e.g., Grudem and Ware). The trinitarian model will balance the particularity of the trinitarian persons and the oneness of nature, showing that the three persons are equal in ousia and dignity while operating in a designed order and headship.
Second, we will show that the imago Dei, described through the Trinity, has implications for the Christian society, such as family, church, and nation (e.g., McConville). There is evidence for the equality-with-headship trinitarian model in the family (e.g., Eph 5:21–33), church (e.g., 1 Cor 12:4–31), and the nation (e.g., Deut 17:15).
However, we also want to deal with some trouble texts concerning the trinitarian theology of equality-with-headship, for example, such as the distinction–no distinction between people groups (Rom 1:16; 2:9, 10; cf., Rom 10:12; Gal 3:28; Col 3:11), the economy of the Son as equal or subordinate with the Father (Matt 26:39; John 14:28; cf., John 10:30; 17:11), or the Sender and the Sent (John 14:16–17, 26; cf., John 15:26).
This paper aims to contribute to the field of Trinitarian theology and Christian Anthropology by offering a theological and biblical perspective of equality-with-headship as God’s design for society. Other contributors than those mentioned above, we will include Gunton, Atkinson, Zizioulas, Schwarz, McCall, Nazianzus, Wilks, Cattoi, etc.

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