"O Blessed and Thrice Glorious Lord Jesus": Thomas Goodwin (1600-1680) and the threefold glory of the second person of the Trinity

van Eyk, John (2019) "O Blessed and Thrice Glorious Lord Jesus": Thomas Goodwin (1600-1680) and the threefold glory of the second person of the Trinity. MTh(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

This Thesis examines the Christology of Thomas Goodwin (1600-1680). It notes that he identifies that the second Person of the Trinity has a threefold glory. He has (i) a glory as he is God, which Goodwin terms his essential glory. Christ also has a double glory as the God-man, (ii) the glory of his person, and, (iii) the glory that accrues to him because of his mediatorial work.
After examining Goodwin’s explication of the threefold glory of Christ, the thesis demonstrates that the personal glory of the God-man, abstracted from his mediatorial work, is central in his Christology.
The thesis concludes that there is a speculative element in Goodwin’s insistence that Christ was predestined as the God-man antecedent to any consideration of the creation and fall of man, leading him to bifurcate his Person and work. This, however, does not overthrow the whole of his Christology nor the pastoral usefulness of his teaching. In fact, Thomas Goodwin makes an important contribution to our understanding of the ‘thrice glorious Lord Jesus.’

Item Type: Thesis (MTh(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Keywords: Thomas Goodwin, christology, Anselm, Duns Scotus, supralapsarianism, Trinity, God-man, essential, mediatorial, personal glory, Puritan, John Calvin, John Owen, Christ.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BS The Bible
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BT Doctrinal Theology
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Supervisor's Name: Ferguson, Dr. Sinclair B.
Date of Award: 2019
Depositing User: Mr John van Eyk
Unique ID: glathesis:2019-75084
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2019 13:41
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2020 21:04
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.75084
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/75084

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