An Overview of The Eldership (Two-Office, Three-Office, and Four-Office Views)

Amongst those who hold to a presbyterian form of church government, there are at least three different views on how to define and distinguish the ordinary offices of the church. This paper will briefly summarize the three main positions regarding the office of eldership and prepare the reader to engage with the arguments from each side.

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Naming God: The Threefold Way

Dionysius the Areopagite (c. 5th-6th century AD) is the author most associated with the triplex via or "threefold way" of naming God. Under this schema, we can denote God on the basis of the perfections of creatures. This form of naming God is analogical, and is to be understood in a kind of logical succession, each one qualifying and perfecting that which precedes it.

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