Shared Names: Christology and Confusion

Nijay Gupta kindly responded to my post. This is turning out to be a delightful conversation, one that seems to be drawing increasing numbers of other blogs into it! It seems that Nijay and I may not disagree substantively. I have no qualms about the way he puts it when he writes that, for the [Read More...]

Are the Christologies of Paul and Mark Different?

In discussions of Christology, a major divide (as illustrated by the dueling books between Ehrman and several Evangelical scholars) is between those who say that “high” Christology was present as far back as we can trace, and those who see such Christology as a result of a long period of development. Two key pieces of [Read More...]

Wash Your Hands of Bad History

I have yet to read either of the dueling books, How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee and How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus’ Divine Nature—A Response to Bart Ehrman. When I do, I will discuss them in terms of their contents and arguments. But [Read More...]

How Did Jesus Become God-Become-Jesus?

David Capes mentioned a panel at the next SBL annual meeting, which I will have the privilege of being on, which will discuss Bart Ehrman’s forthcoming book How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee. Publishers know how to promote their books, and so Mike Bird and others have already come up [Read More...]

N. T. Wright on Christology and Monotheism

Johnny Walker and Scot McKnight have posted about Tom Wright’s treatment of monotheism and Christology in his new two-volume work, Paul and the Faithfulness of God. I’ve been reading it, and unsurprisingly it takes a long time to work through nearly 1,700 pages. I will probably blog about it in chunks in the end. I meant [Read More...]

Johnny Walker reviews The Only True God

Over at the blog Freedom in Orthodox, there is a review of my book The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context. Walker manages to be remarkably fair, given his hostility to my stance even prior to reading. I really appreciate that, and encourage readers to click through and read his review, [Read More...]

Mystics and/or Atheists

Dale Tuggy has been interacting with a recent post of mine here on my blog, and now in a post over on the blog Trinities. He considers the viewpoint of Paul Tillich, that God is Being itself and not one being among others, to be a form of atheism rather than of Christian theism. He [Read More...]

Michael Kruger again on Jesus as God in the Gospel of Mark

Michael Kruger has written a rather unhelpful response to a post of mine, which was in turn a response to an earlier one of his. He offers a condescending suggestion that I ought to “reread” Hurtado and Bauckham, as though I had not written a book of my own interacting with their views (The Only [Read More...]

From Divine Identity to Unitarian Worship Music

Dale Tuggy, who teaches at SUNY Fredonia, left a comment here recently, pointing out the presence online of an article he wrote critically evaluating Richard Bauckham’s notion of “divine identity.” In the process, I discovered a blog called Trinities, to which Tuggy is a contributor. It really does explore the doctrines of divine threeness and [Read More...]

Atheism, Language, and Theology

As a follow-up to my post from earlier today about atheism and the meaning of “god” I thought I would offer here some further thoughts that I also shared in comments on that post. If someone objects to calling something or someone a “god” because that is not an accepted use of that word in [Read More...]

Christians, Monotheism, and the Trinity

As Trinity Sunday approaches, there is bound to be an increase in blogging about the Trinity and about Christian views of God more generally. Here are some items that have already come across my radar: Allan Bevere suggests that the Trinity is not an appendix to Christian doctrine but something central. I find this a [Read More...]


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