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God the Son
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The biblical basis of the doctrine of the Son's particular divine personhood (Christology) is to be found in New Testament confessions (II), placing Jesus Christ alongside the Father and the Spirit (God the Father, God the Holy Spirit) and attributing to him creating and saving action. It is also to be found in the grounding of this in Old Testament portrayals of God's self-differentiating action in the world (Divine action). Explicit distinction of the second person of the Trinity from God the Father began with the Logos theology of Justin Martyr and took form as a d…

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Gunton, Colin, “God the Son”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 April 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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