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Divine Truth or Human Tradition?: A Reconsideration of the Roman Catholic-Protestant Doctrine of the Trinity in Light of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures

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ISBN-10: 1425948324
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The author, Patrick Navas, is a Christian and student of the Bible from Los Angeles, California, and was twenty-seven years old at the time the book was published. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in History in 2005 and is presently (2006) in the process of earning a California Teacher's Credential and Masters Degree in Education through the University of La Verne. He is planning on teaching 8th grade U.S. History but would eventually like to teach History and Comparative Religious studies at the college level. For questions or comments, email: navaspc@sbcglobal.net
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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (December 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425948324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425948320
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,410,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this book, Patrick Navas provides a very even handed and thorough critique of the doctrine of the Trinity. Gratefully, at no point within his book did I feel that Patrick resorted to disingenuous rhetorical tactics in order to persuade. Rather, I found his arguments to be both well-informed and well-reasoned, and his overall approach to the topic to be quite charitable.

While Patrick does share some of his own thoughts on the matter, he mainly appeals to the research of well-known and respected evangelical scholars. He repeatedly demonstrates how these scholars concede, not only that the doctrine of the Trinity is foreign to the NT, but also that the classical proof-texts for a Trinitarian interpretation are far from conclusive.

Finally, even though his book is principally devoted to addressing the falsity of a Trinitarian interpretation, throughout his book, Patrick shows himself to have a greater incentive than mere doctrinal persuasion. He writes, "In whatever way a Christian understands certain portions of Scripture that may be considered ambiguous to some degree, such will not change the fact that the Christian life should be characterized first and foremost by our loving God with all that we are, and by loving our neighbor as ourselves, in imitation of the way that God loved us, manifested in the sacrifice of his Son for our sake."
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My wife has purchased several copies of this book. With full respect for the word of God, the author objectively examines arguments and scriptures cited for - and sometimes against - the Trinity concept of God (or perhaps spectrum of concepts). Objectivity is no small feat in this arena. The various arguments are fairly presented, while some lapses in their logic are duly noted. For example, if Jesus being the son of David does not make him David, then how would being the Son of God make him God?
The book is well organized, with lengthy chapters on The Father-Son Relationship and the deity of Christ, and somewhat shorter chapters on "I am" statements and the Holy Spirit. About 25 New Testament and 9 Old Testament scriptures are given, along with related detailed arguments for and against various Trinity concepts, then with an analysis of each scripture. A scripture index to this 565-page book is needed but unfortunately not included.
To define Trinity, many Trinitarian scholars are cited: Wayne Grudem, James R. White, John MacArthur, R.C. Sproul, E. Calvin Beisner, Robert Bowman, Robert L. Reymond, Millard J. Erickson, F.F. Bruce, Gerard Sloyan (Roman Catholic), C.F.D. Moule (Anglican), Samuele Bacchiochi (7th Day Adventist) and many others; a few non-Trinitarian scholars: Greg Stafford (Arian), Anthony Buzzard (Socinian), A.E. Knoch and others; a non-religious Greek professor, Jason BeDuhn; and both Michael Servetus (Arian) and John Calvin (who successfully urged his execution).
"Divine Truth or Human Tradition" is recommended for those who desire to think critically concerning what the scriptures say about the nature of God, including those who are bothered by an answer that the Trinity is a mystery which no one can understand. It is not recommended for any who wish to see no problems with their own theologies. J.B. Parkinson
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This is an excellent well thought out investigation of the doctrine of the Trinity. It's origin, development and basis in Scripture. A tremendous amount of research is presented. For anyone wishing to read a very through examination of this doctrine, this is a must have book. Believers and non believers are going to find it hard to ignore the evidence presented.
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I have recently finished reading this book and can honestly say that is one of the best works on the subject of the Trinity that I have encountered for some time.

Navas' approach is very systematic and his chapter layout flows naturally from one subject to the next. High points include his critical analysis of Trinitarian semantics and equivocations, his exposition of the Father-Son relationship, his fantastic chapter on the apostolic testimony, and a refreshing discussion of the Holy Spirit.

Navas also provides some useful appendices, covering topics such as the name of Yahweh, Paul's use of morphe in Philippians 2, and a brilliant study of the title "First and Last" as applied to Christ in Revelation. He is quick to identify contradictory positions between Trinitarian theologians, and hurls them against each other with devastating results.

Although somewhat ambivalent to the concept of Jesus' literal pre-existence, Navas nevertheless includes a Unitarian article on this subject in his appendices. This is consistent with his balanced approach to issues upon which he is still undecided, and reflects a high degree of intellectual honesty. Standard Trinitarian arguments are accurately represented, and engaged in a manner which demonstrates that Navas not only understands his opponents' Christology, but is also familiar with some of the latest Trinitarian scholarship.

In contrast to less experienced researchers, Navas is utterly scrupulous in his citation of other authors, providing masses of context for most of his quotes even when this results in multiple paragraphs. Nobody can accuse him of misrepresenting a source.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to learn the Biblical truth about the Biblical Jesus.
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