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"Divine Humility," with Dr. Matthew Wilcoxen

February 25th, 2020 | 2 min read

By Caleb Wait

God is all-powerful. God is all-knowing. God is ever-present. But is God humble? Dr. Matthew Wilcoxen joins Derek and Alastair to discuss his recent book, Divine Humility: God's Morally Perfect Being. Listen in as he traces the theme of a doctrine of divine humility from Augustine to Karl Barth and relays the importance of this long lost attribute of God.


Intro + Wilcoxen’s inspiration behind writing ‘Divine Humility’ [0:00 - 5:50]

What Wilcoxen means when he says God is humble [5:50 - 11:20]

How can we speak about God using such terms as ‘humility’ while still respecting his eternal being? [11:20 - 14:03]

Does God need the creation to be characterized by humility? [14:03 - 16:25]

What goes wrong in Barth’s argument on the humility of God? [16:25 - 22:15]

Implications on the Eternal Subordination of the Son debate [22:15 - 25:08]

Why Theology Proper matters when we read the Bible [25:08 - 29:58]

How humility affects morality [29:58 - 32:45]

Katherine Sonderegger’s contribution to the doctrine of God’s humility [32:45 - 39:16]

How can we have a more trinitarian understanding of the humility of God? [39:16 - 41:03]

How this doctrine affects our worship [41:03 - 43:09]

Conclusion [43:09 - 43:52]


Resources mentioned:

Book: Divine Humility: God's Morally Perfect Being

Book: City of God, Augustine

Article: Perichoresis and Projection: Problems with Social Doctrines of the Trinity - Karen Kilby

Book: Systematic Theology: The Doctrine of God, Volume 1 by Katherine Sonderegger


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Caleb Wait

Caleb Wait (MATS, Westminster Seminary California) is a writer and the producer of Mere Fidelity. He and his wife Kristin have two children and live in Northern California. You can follow him on Twitter @calebwait and he invites you to email him at