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William Arnold III on John 1:1 (Part 1)

Over at the “Institute for Biblical Studies” (hereafter, IBS) you can find all kinds of interesting and substantive articles on Oneness Pentecostal theology. Many of them are written by Jason Dulle, who I have corresponded with and who I regard well. In my view, Dulle is a careful thinker and the most consistent writer on… Continue reading William Arnold III on John 1:1 (Part 1)

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A Trinitarian Argument for Jesus’ Personal Pre-Existence in John 1

I have to start this post with a technical caveat and somewhat of an apology. When Trinitarians and Oneness Pentecostals discuss the pre-existence of Jesus, the term “Jesus” is used in a rather loose sense. Technically speaking, neither side believes that Jesus himself pre-existed his incarnation, because “Jesus” refers to the one who is the Word incarnate—that… Continue reading A Trinitarian Argument for Jesus’ Personal Pre-Existence in John 1

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Parodies and Counterexamples

In a previous post we looked at reductio ad absurdum arguments. These arguments allow us to assume a premise is true, derive a contradiction, and then assert that our original assumption was false. In that post I shared an extended example of St. Anselm’s famous ontological argument formulated as a reductio ad absurdum argument. Assuming… Continue reading Parodies and Counterexamples

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The Definite-Personal Interpretation of John 1:1c

In the last two posts we’ve looked at the grammar and syntax of John 1:1, and also the four different ways Oneness Pentecostals can interpret John 1:1c. In this post, I’m going to discuss the Definite-Personal (D-P) interpretation of John 1:1c and say why I don’t think this is a good interpretation. If you recall… Continue reading The Definite-Personal Interpretation of John 1:1c