Sometimes those who are former adherents to a particular worldview are the better-qualified when it comes to criticizing it. One famous example of this, which anybody with a modicum of knowledge about the history of Christianity knows, is St. Augustine's interaction with the Manichees. For most of my life, Oneness Pentecostalism was my religious milieu.… Continue reading Oneness Pentecostalism, the Two-Minds View, and the Problem of Jesus’ Prayers (Part 1)
In the last post I constructed an argument against Monarchical Trinitarianism (hereafter, MT) based on some comments that Dr. William Lane Craig gives in his Defenders 3 series on the Trinity. Essentially, I took some of Craig's comments and showed that if he thinks MT commits one to subordinationism simply because the Father has a great-making property… Continue reading William Lane Craig and the Monarchy of the Father (Part 2)
Theology quickly leads to serious discussions about philosophical ideas. When it comes to Jesus Christ, theological discussions often begin with (or assume) the traditional Christian view that he is one Person with two natures: one human, and one divine. Yet, if Christ has a human nature, this leads us to ask, "What is a human… Continue reading Christ’s Human Nature: Concrete or Abstract?
One of my favorite pastimes when I go to a new town—or even somewhere I haven't been to in a while—is to visit as many used book stores as possible. Part of the thrill is not knowing what you're going to find, and when you do find something you weren't looking for, the memory can… Continue reading Theology is Everybody’s Business
In a recent post I summarized a view of the Trinity that Dr. Beau Branson calls "Monarchical Trinitarianism" (hereafter, MT). The view is "Trinitarian" because it accepts that there are three fully and equally divine Persons. And the view is "Monarchical" because it accepts that the Father alone is numerically identical to God. I also… Continue reading William Lane Craig and the Monarchy of the Father (Part 1)