Dale Tuggy

Dale Tuggy is Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he teaches courses in analytic theology, philosophy of religion, religious studies, and the history of philosophy.


  1. Paul Peterson
    June 8, 2017 @ 4:04 pm

    Thank you, Dale. I welcome your plea for moderation, and second the (e)motion.

  2. Mario Stratta
    June 4, 2017 @ 3:58 am

    @ Dale

    It is a good thing that you lay your cards on the table, without resoerting (this time) to propositional logic. It is also a good thing that you give central importance to consistency with the NT.

    Obviously the overall consistency with the NT is not an easy and obvious criterion. Even you write two potentially conflicting statements as, “Some just can’t see any way around certain famous NT passages which to many seem to assert or presuppose his pre-human existence”, but then conclude, for yourself, “I do not think that the NT actually assumes or asserts the pre-human existence of Jesus”.

    All this being premised, here is my two cents.

    1. For hypothetical “Christian dualism”, the positions that (immortal) souls are caused by God to exist “right at conception” (as opposed to “naturally arising” or “always existing” – pace Origen) is he only one historically entertained in Christianity. It still is the (official) position of the Catholic Church (see Humani Generis by Pius XII, 1950)

    2. Even a non-dualist Unitarian will have to account seriously for …

    1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:1,14)

    … unless, of course, one choses to discard it as “late” and “apocryphal”.

  3. Aaron
    June 3, 2017 @ 8:25 pm

    Hi Dale,

    It seems you think Christian Unitarians should have an attitude of grace toward one another and not exclude one another from fellowship. In your opinion, should Unitarians and Trinitarians attend and serve in church together? Should they recognize one another as Christians but agree to assemble themselves separately?