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Product Details

  • Paperback: 365 pages
  • Publisher: International Scholars Publications (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573093092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573093095
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whatever one thinks on the subject, it is a topic worthy of exploration and this book is one place to start. (Pine Bluff Commercial)

About the Author

Sir Anthony Buzzard teaches at the Atlanta Bible College.
Charles F. Hunting is a retired pastor and college business manager.

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I know too many "good" people, as Anthony does as well, that will tell him his book is heretical.
Jack M. Pyle
I join our two authors in affirming the unity and coherence of the New Testament but have to shake my head at the way they handle the text.
Charles C. Twombly
The authors are very careful in their analysis of scripture and put to rest the controversial doctrine of the trinity.
Captain Snackbar

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124 of 149 people found the following review helpful By KW on March 15, 2001
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This book will probably never be read or debated in circles that would re-open a widespread doctrinal dispute. But that does not diminish its possible effect upon people.
This book should come with a warning: WARNING: CAREFUL THOUGHT AND CONSIDERATION OF THIS MATERIAL CAN LEAD TO REJECTION.
If individual Christians ever freed themselves from the Councils and Creeds ... (as well as the fear of being labeled a "heretic" by friends and relatives) they would find that this book gives them the chance to confirm what they ALWAYS suspected:. That God and His Only Begotten Son, Jesus... are who the Bible clearly says they are...and that They are not the conglomeration of hundreds of years of speculation about a few difficult verses of scripture. This book gives average folks a chance to replace nonsense with sense.
This book does clearly show that plain logic and scholarly work still produce the best reading. If you want to assure that YOUR faith does not stand in man's cunning ability to conjure up imaginative explanations, you should read this book.
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59 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Captain Snackbar on May 9, 2000
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This book is one of the best books on the trinity I have ever read. Finally, a book that does not seek to bash the other side, but rather show them the truth. The authors are very careful in their analysis of scripture and put to rest the controversial doctrine of the trinity. If you are a trinitarian, this book will not offend you, it will merely show you where others have mislead you, and if you do not believe in the trinity, it will affirm what you already know. Many other works are cited, and most of all the Holy Word of Yahweh! Buy this book, you won't regret it.
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Triesch on May 28, 2005
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In this book authors Anthony Buzzard and Charles Hunting assemble scriptural and scholarly evidence against the traditional Christian doctrine of the Trinity, i.e., the idea that God consists of three distinct and eternal Persons - Father, Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit. Buzzard and Hunting argue that, despite its centrality in Christian theology, the doctrine of the Trinity is supported by "proof texts" that are almost always ambiguous and subject to alternate interpretations that are more cogent than the traditional Trinitarian interpretation.

It is important to recognize that the authors are not skeptics, modernists, atheists, or New Agers. They remain Christians - and fairly conservative ones at that - who believe that Jesus is best understood as the Jewish Messiah, a human being chosen by God to teach the world the true nature and will of God and to live out the will of God in human form. The authors are not motivated by a desire to "modernize" theology, but to return it to its authentic original understanding, consistent with Jewish monotheism.

The book is thus a valuable addition to the Christological debate, but it is not without its flaws. It could have been better organized - the same arguments are repeated in different chapters - and the full implications of the rejection of the divinity of Jesus are not drawn out, e.g., how does this affect the doctrine of the atonement, which is (seemingly) a central theme of the New Testament? Be that as it may, the book raises serious questions about a central claim of Christian orthodoxy, a claim which is supremely relevant given the challenge of Islam.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Buzzard on April 23, 2007
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Charles Twombly offers a tough critique of our Doctrine of the Trinity: Christianity's Self-Inflicted Wound. He begins however by saying that we did not discuss John 1:18, John 1:3, I Cor. 8:4-6 and Col. 1:15-17. But we did! Extensively in the case of Colossians and adequately for our purposes in the case of the other passages. Did he read us here? Rather than meet us exegetically he simply tells us what we already know: that the early church (after biblical times) used the Gospel of John to promote a second Person in the Godhead. He thinks that this method is justified. We do not. We simply point out that Matthew and Luke deal in detail with the question of the origin of the Son and they establish the genesis of the Son as occurring in Mary. Luke is explicit in Luke 1:35. The Son of God is precisely defined. Would that the church had learned this definition of Son of God. Luke is keen to show us that disbelief leads to trouble! If we do not accept the testimony of Gabriel in Luke and of Matthew, then we are doomed to confusion. Thus the church contradicted Matthew and Luke, using John to do this. It is not exactly "eccentric" to deal with John in a way which harmonizes him with Matthew and Luke. Top scholars of our time are doing this too, and very convincingly. Twombly thinks that we should have listened to the councils. Our whole point is that if the church had listened to the Hebrew Bible and then Matthew and Luke, it would never have contradicted the unitary monotheism of Jesus so well affirmed in Mark 12:28ff. 35,000 differing denominations may be the result of abandoning the unitary monotheism of Israel and of Jesus.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr Bela P. Lantos on March 28, 2011
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This is one of the best book written on the subject. Buzzard employs Hebrew thought in biblical interpretation with excellent result. This was one of the books I read at the beginning of my own personal research and have great respect for the author and a big thank you for opening my eyes to the correct interpretation of the scriptures.

I very warmly recommend this book to all Christians and other religious movements that use the bible as scriptures.
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