Some time ago I discussed the introduction and section 1 of my paper in TheoLogica. I am now picking up my running explanation of the paper in light of my recent podcast interview on London Lyceum. In this post we'll cover section 2, which I call "Oneness Pentecostal Desiderata." There are two questions here that… Continue reading Oneness Pentecostalism, the Two-Minds View, and the Problem of Jesus’ Prayers (Part 3)
Recently a band of scholars and pastors came together to form what is called "The Unitarian Christian Alliance" (hereafter, UCA). As best as I can tell, the board consists of mostly biblical unitarians, or (though less accurate in some respects) Socinians. These board members believe that the Father of Jesus Christ is the only truly… Continue reading The Unitarian Christian Alliance: Who’s In or Out?
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
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
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”
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
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
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