The purpose of this podcast and accompanying article is to understand the doctrine of the eternal generation of the Son. Eternal generation is not a philosophical speculation, nor a theological deduction, but an exegetically grounded doctrine. The church fathers appealed to several biblical texts in both the Old and New Testament in support of their conviction that the Son is eternally begotten of the Father. The concept of begetting is a metaphor drawn from the embodied experience of human fathers begetting human sons. This doctrine is important because it is crucial to defending the full deity of the Son, and it is the linchpin of the classical doctrine of the Trinity.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Charles Lee Irons about his article from the 40:1 issue of the Christian Research Journal, entitled, “Begotten of the Father before All Ages: The Biblical Basis of Eternal Generation according to the Church Fathers.” 

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