A Summary of Basil’s Against Eunomius, Book 1

There are many reasons to find the exchange between Eunomius, Basil of Caesarea, and Gregory of Nyssa fascinating. I can think of three. First, it gives us historical insight into how prominent pro-Nicene thinkers defended their view. Second, it provides a way to think about the Trinity that many fail to consider. And third, some… Continue reading A Summary of Basil’s Against Eunomius, Book 1

Peter Lombard’s Sentences, Book 3: On the Incarnation of the Word (Table of Contents)

Translated by Giulio Silano. His additions are in square brackets [e.g., lorem ipsum], and mine are in curved brackets {e.g., lorem ipsum}. DISTINCTION 1 1. Why the Son took on flesh, and not the Father or the Holy Spirit. 2. Whether the Father or the Holy Spirit could have become incarnate. 3. Whether the Son, who alone took on flesh,… Continue reading Peter Lombard’s Sentences, Book 3: On the Incarnation of the Word (Table of Contents)

Tuggy’s Demon-Puppet Thought Experiment: My Thoughts and His Reply

Following Dr. Dale Tuggy's debate with Mr. Chris Date on "Jesus is human and not divine," I joined the Trinities Podcast Facebook group and asked for clarification on one of his thought experiments. I recall that he used a similar line of reasoning in his "Case Against Preexistence" episode on the podcast, and the fact… Continue reading Tuggy’s Demon-Puppet Thought Experiment: My Thoughts and His Reply

On David K. Bernard’s Trinitarian Thought Experiment

David Bernard's The Glory of God in the Face of Jesus Christ is easily the most important book on Oneness Pentecostal theology from the last decade. It is a part of the Journal for Pentecostal Theology supplement series, and is in fact (what he says is) a slightly modified form of his doctoral dissertation for… Continue reading On David K. Bernard’s Trinitarian Thought Experiment

The Grammar and Syntax of John 1:1

The purpose of this post is to simply describe what its title proclaims: the grammar and syntax of John 1:1. The term "grammar" refers to how words relate to one another in a sentence, and "syntax" refers to how words are organized into sentences. Here’s how John 1:1 reads in English, along with the reading… Continue reading The Grammar and Syntax of John 1:1

Interpretive Options on the Holy Spirit

In an earlier post I offered an inconsistent tetrad (or set of four claims) about the Father and Jesus. Naturally, for any theology of the New Testament to be complete, we need to consider who (or what) the Holy Spirit is. When we combine our understanding of the Holy Spirit with our understanding of the… Continue reading Interpretive Options on the Holy Spirit

Clarifying Tuggy’s Pneumatology

I admit that I'm a real fan of Dr. Dale Tuggy's work and podcast, and his argument against modalism about the Son had some impact on me some time ago. In the spirit of discussion and respect, I'd like to ask Dr. Tuggy to clarify his pneumatology (or view on the Holy Spirit). What has… Continue reading Clarifying Tuggy’s Pneumatology