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  • Paperback: 365 pages
  • Publisher: International Scholars Publications (1 Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573093092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573093095
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.6 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 402,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The historical records of the Christian faith calls for an urgent public investigation and the authors provide a sharply argued, wide ranging study of the concept of the Kingdom of God and its misconception in history.

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"The Doctrine of the Trinity" is a book defending non-Trinitarian Christianity from a theological and historical viewpoint. The authors, Sir Anthony Buzzard and Charles Hunting, founded a non-Trinitarian denomination in the United States, known as Restoration Fellowship. It's affiliated with the Church of God General Conference.

Buzzard and Hunting deny both the Trinitarian position (Jesus was God the Son incarnate) and the "Arian" position, according to which Jesus while not fully divine was nevertheless a pre-existent heavenly being. Thus, the authors reject the position of the Jehovah's Witnesses, which claim that Jesus was the archangel Michael. Buzzard and Hunting holds that Jesus was not pre-existent in any sense. He was fully a human being, albeit one supernaturally conceived by the Holy Ghost in the womb of Mary. Jesus was the Messiah in a "Jewish" sense, and therefore not in any sense part of the Godhead.

Many of the author's concrete arguments would be familiar to readers versed in this controversy: "God" or "gods" can mean different things in the Old Testament, "worship" in the New Testament can also mean different things depending on context, Jesus affirmed that God was One, Paul differentiates between God the Father and Jesus Christ, etc. No verse in the Bible explicitly mentions the Trinity or explains what this could possibly mean. Other arguments might be more specific to Buzzard and Hunting, since they reject all pre-existence. Thus, they believe that neither Luke nor Matthew knew anything about Jesus prior to his supernatural conception. Buzzard and Hunting also openly sympathize with two early "heretics", Paul of Samosata and Photinus of Sirmium.

But what about the passages in Paul which seem to imply pre-existence and equality with God?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tychicus on 23 Aug. 2010
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Impressive piece of bible scholarship which exposes the mainline christian doctrine of the trinity as being unsound and non-biblical. He writes very well.
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Simple Enough to Ring True, Scholarly Enough to Stand 15 Mar. 2001
By KW - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
59 of 69 people found the following review helpful
An exhaustive and fine toothed review all Christians Need 9 May 2000
By Captain Snackbar - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
41 of 49 people found the following review helpful
A Plausible Alternative to Christian Orthodoxy 29 May 2005
By Stephen Triesch - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great book, a must for all Christians 29 Mar. 2011
By Mr Bela P. Lantos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Answering Charles Twombly 24 April 2007
By Anthony Buzzard - Published on Amazon.com
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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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