Tertullian on the Visible Son and Invisible Father

I recently started and finished Tertullian's Against Praxeas after I had written two recent posts on Christ in the Old Testament: one on whether anyone has seen God's "form," and another on whether anyone has heard God's voice. He's not the only witness in early Christianity for this way of reasoning about Christ. Though to my… Continue reading Tertullian on the Visible Son and Invisible Father

Jesus on Whether Anyone Has Heard God’s Voice

I've been a thinking a lot recently about Jesus' statement to the Jewish leaders in John 5:37 that, "You people have never heard his voice nor seen his form at any time." This text, among others in the Gospel of John, helps to explain Christological interpretations of the Old Testament. It also seems like this… Continue reading Jesus on Whether Anyone Has Heard God’s Voice

Jesus on Whether Anyone Has Seen God’s “Form”

In a previous post I discussed how some early patristic authors read the Old Testament and found the pre-existing Word of God who is personally distinct from the Father. As I claimed, what they say follows straightforwardly from the "Johannine Paradigm" which comes from the following verses:John 1:3 All things were created by him [i.e.,… Continue reading Jesus on Whether Anyone Has Seen God’s “Form”

Oneness Pentecostals on Revelation 3:21 (Part 2): David Bernard

Doing any serious argumentation and scholarly work requires addressing the best arguments from the best scholars. What this requires of anybody working on Oneness Pentecostalism is to look at what Dr. David K. Bernard has written. In this post (read: small book chapter) I'm going to give a very condensed summary of chapters 1 and… Continue reading Oneness Pentecostals on Revelation 3:21 (Part 2): David Bernard

Oneness Pentecostals on Revelation 3:21 (Part 1): Some Preliminaries

Recently my master's thesis was posted on ProQuest open access. I provided the abstract for it in a prior post. I'm going to a take a couple of posts to respond to some Oneness attempts to explain the verse, but before that I need to clarify a couple of things about what I was doing… Continue reading Oneness Pentecostals on Revelation 3:21 (Part 1): Some Preliminaries

Making Sense of Patristic Christological Readings of the Old Testament

Reading the surviving writings of the earliest Christian authors can be challenging, rewarding, and perhaps above all frustrating. What I have found, more quickly than anything else, is just how differently these writers' perspectives and overall patterns of thinking differ from my own. As John Behr frequently puts it in his talks, we have to… Continue reading Making Sense of Patristic Christological Readings of the Old Testament

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