I have often sung the praises of Parchment and Pen, a great blog and a partner to the Evangelical Portal. Parchment and Pen focuses on theology, but often speaks as well to pastoral care issues.
Parchment and Pen is hosting The Great Trinity Debate, a conversation between Michael Patton (proprietor of the blog) and David Burke. Burke is a Christadelphian, which means that he is a “Biblical Unitarian.” Unlike Rationalist or Universalist Unitarians, Biblical Unitarians believe that Jesus is the Son of God — but not that he is God Himself. Burke summarizes his beliefs thus:
- The Bible is the inspired Word of God and the sole authoritative source of Christian doctrine and practice
- The Father alone is God
- Jesus Christ is the Son of God, but not God himself
- The Holy Spirit is the power of God, but not God himself
- Jesus Christ died for our sins and was raised to immortality by the Father
- At an appointed time (concealed from humanity) Jesus will return to Earth, judge the living and the dead, restore the nation of Israel to her former glory and reign over a kingdom that will last for 1,000 years
Those who believe that Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life should never be afraid of dialogue, should never be afraid to examine the scriptures in search of the truth. The next post in the series will come from Michael.
Should be interesting.