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The Mystery of One

שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהוָה אֶחָֽד Shema Yisrael Adonai eloheinu Adonai echad The confession of the one God is the great gift of Israel to the world—a gift not of philo­soph­ical speculation but of divine revelation. “Hear, Israel, the Lord … Continue reading

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God is not Odin, God is not Zeus, God is not Marduk

God is not Odin All-Father. God does not wield thunderbolts like Zeus. God does not make the world by slaying Tiamat and dividing her carcass to form heaven and earth. God is not god. We Christians, of course, did not … Continue reading

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Analytic Theology and the One God: Where is the Mystery?

Once the transcendence of Transcendence has been properly grasped, many of the objections advanced against the catholic doctrine of the Holy Trinity lose their persuasive power. Perhaps they have some purchase among analytic philosophers attached to the univocity of being; … Continue reading

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Uncreated and Created: How Flexible is Your Monotheism?

And then there was Arius … The Arian crisis of the fourth century dramatically changed the theological landscape of catholic Christianity. Historians of the past few decades have published important works on the crisis, shedding new light on the important … Continue reading

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What if God were to post a selfie: one “self” or three “selves”?

The question may initially strike one as a tad odd—and not just because God doesn’t post on Facebook. The word “self” is not typically used to speak of the one God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Orthodox Christians … Continue reading

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Do Unitarians Understand the Trinity?

In 1819 William Ellery Channing delivered a homily that has since become famously known as the “Baltimore Sermon.” It is described by many as the most important address in the history of Unitarianism. What particularly interests me is Channing’s interpretation … Continue reading

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Larry Hurtado and the gods

I do not understand what Larry Hurtado, summarizing a forthcoming scholarly article, means when he writes of the 2nd Temple period: I engage the terminological issue of whether and/or how “monotheism” can be a suitable term for ancient Jewish religious … Continue reading

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Inclusive and Exclusive Monotheism

In his essay “The ‘Most High’ God and the Nature of Early Jewish Monotheism,” Richard Bauckham helpfully distinguishes between inclusive and exclusive monotheism. Inclusive monotheism declares the God is the highest being within the class of deities to which he … Continue reading

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