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Oneness Pentecostals and the Trinity

, 1992
ISBN: 9781441259295

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In this penetrating analysis of Oneness theology and practice, Gregory Boyd writes from the experience of his four years of personal involvement in a Oneness church. Boyd argues that although Oneness Pentecostals’ belief in Christ’s deity establishes some common ground with other Christians, their aggressive denial of the Trinity has nonetheless fostered their indisputably differing Christian ideas about God’s character, about salvation, and about Christian living.

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  • Provides an introduction to the “open view” of God
  • Explores the Oneness traditions aggressive denial of the Trinity
  • Examines ideas about God’s character, about salvation, and about Christian living
  • Understanding Oneness Pentecostalism
  • The Trinity: Truth or Error?
  • Is Jesus His Own Father?
  • Did the Son of God Exist Before His Birth?
  • Is Jesus the Holy Spirit?
  • Baptism, Salvation, and The Name
  • Was the Early Church Oneness?
  • The Inescapable Trinity

Top Highlights

“Oneness doctrine is based on a particular understanding of two scriptural truths. These Bible-based beliefs serve as the foundation for the Oneness view of God and of Jesus Christ. The first biblical truth is that there is only one God, and the second is that Jesus Christ is God. From these two truths, Oneness groups deduce that Jesus Christ is God in his totality, and therefore that Jesus must himself be the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” (Page 26)

“In other words, as fully God, Jesus is ‘Father,’ and as fully man, Jesus is ‘Son.’” (Page 33)

“The basic answer given by Oneness Pentecostals to the question of the distinction in Scripture between the Father and the Son is this: The distinction between the Father and the Son is the same distinction as between the humanity of Jesus Christ and the deity of Jesus Christ. For Oneness Pentecostals, to say that Jesus is both the Father and the Son is to say that he is both God and man.” (Page 32)

“The Oneness heresy begins with the conviction that the orthodox Christian doctrine of the Trinity is fundamentally incompatible with a faith that there is only one God.” (Page 9)

“‘If there is only one God and that God is the Father (Mal. 2:10), and if Jesus is God, then it logically follows that Jesus is the Father’ (Bernard, Oneness, 66; cf. Graves, 59).” (Page 28)

  • Title: Oneness Pentecostals and the Trinity
  • Author: Gregory A. Boyd
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Print Publication Date: 1992
  • Logos Release Date: 2014
  • Pages: 234
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Oneness doctrine (Pentecostalism) › Controversial literature; Trinity › History of doctrines--20th century; Oneness Pentecostal churches
  • ISBNs: 9781441259295, 0801010195, 9780801010194, 1441259295
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T01:52:24Z

Gregory A. Boyd (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is a pastor at Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. Previously, he was a professor of theology at Bethel University, also in St. Paul. His books include Recovering the Real Jesus in an Age of Revisionist Replies, Letters from a Skeptic, God of the Possible, Repenting of Religion, Seeing is Believing, Escaping the Matrix, The Jesus Legend, Myth of a Christian Nation, Is God to Blame, God at War and Satan and the Problem of Evil.


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