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Tuesday
Jul012014

Theological Term of the Week

Unitarianism
“[T]he view that there is only one God—the Supreme Being whom Jesus referred to as ‘Father’—and that Jesus himself was not divine, at least not in any literal sense.”1 (Although Unitarians do not believe Jesus was divine, they do claim to follow him.)

  • Scripture that proves that Jesus’ disciples were not Unitarians, and neither was the author of Hebrews:

    And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. (Matthew 28:9 ESV)

    And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.” (Hebrews 1:6 ESV)

    The first problem for Unitarianism is that the writers of the New Testament, some of whom were among Jesus’s first disciples, undoubtedly believed that there is only one God, yet they also referred to Jesus as God. What’s more, they said things about Jesus that could be true only if he is divine; for example, that he existed before the creation of the universe and was instrumental in its creation. Most significant of all, Jesus himself said things that implied he was equal with God, with the result that he was charged with blasphemy by his fellow Jews, who were all strict Monotheists. On one occasion, they tried to stone him to death for that very reason.

Learn more:

  1. Christian Apologetis and Research Ministry: Unitarianism and What is Unitarianism?
  2. GotQuestions.org: What is Unitarian Universalism? and What is Socinianism?
  3. Theology Network: The Racovian Catechism
  4. James White: A Reply to Anthony Buzzard (video) and A Second Response to Anthony Buzzard (video)

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Filed under Worldviews

1Quoting from What’s Your Worldview?: An Interactive Approach to Life’s Big Questions by James N. Anderson.

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