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.

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  1. My diabolical “ruse” exposed – drat! » trinities
    October 13, 2013 @ 3:23 pm

    […] is that the argument above was not endorsed by a great many historic mainstream theologians. e.g. http://trinities.org/blog/archives/5000 They called Jesus “God” and thought of him as in a lesser sense divine, but they […]

  2. Dave
    October 3, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

    Dale,

    Well reasoned, the step taken in the 4th century seems much further than what these four thinkers were arguing. I found interesting your quote of Origen responding to the charge that Jesus is worshiped as the supreme savior/God, and his rebuttal (if I understand it correclty) is essentially “there is indeed diversity among believers and those that believe so are wrong/confused.” It seems Origen is admitting to Jesus-olatry in his day but is correcting the notion with his take, “but we believe…”

    Interesting b/c it shows that it is difficult conceptually (for the simple) to hold in tension a unitarian understanding of God while simultaneously exalting Jesus (God from God in a sense but not “the” God) and while worshiping him alongside God. Can a movement of believers in God through Christ sustain a nuanced and sophisticated unitarian belief without downgrading the NT texts’ emphasis on the honor due Jesus? And further, is conceptual tri-theism virtually inevitable for the simple that hold a high view of scripture?