The Monarchy of the Father

The Neglected Monarchy of the Father, and Its Implications for the Analytic Debate About the Trinity

Most patristic authors affirm the “Monarchy of the Father,” yet the doctrine is seldom addressed in analytic discussions of the Trinity.

The claim that the Father is the “mono-arche” of the Trinity, can be disambiguated in several ways, including the claim that the Father just is (numerically identical to) “the One God.” I show how even this strong view is compatible with a surprisingly wide range of analytic models of the Trinity, despite their being intended to be egalitarian.

Below is the entire, unedited presentation on the Monarchy of the Father with accompanying Power Point slides in mp4 video format (around 5 or 6 hours, total.)

Video 1 — Introduction and Definitions

Video 2 — Modern Orthodox Authors on the Monarchy

Video 3 — Patristic Sources on the Monarchy

Video 4 — Placing Monarchical Trinitarianism Within the Analytic Framework

Video 5 — A Postscript With a Final “Trilemma” for Unitarians


(Below is a highly condensed, 1-hour public lecture covering the same topic.)



“The Unfinished Business of Unitarian Theorizing. 4-Part Podcast with Skylar McManus.”

Part 1 of 4

Part 2 of 4

Part 3 of 4

Part 4 of 4