Q: I have just finished studying your book 'The Jewish Roots of Christianity', which I found very readable, and being a Bible student of some 40+ years I found some of the content (surprisingly) most enlightening--things I have wondered about for a long time regarding Paul's writing.
As I was reading your book I did wonder if you have ever come across and read the books of Eric Chang, 'The One True God' and 'The Only Perfect Man.' If you haven't I think you will find them extremely interesting, they are freely available as downloadable pdf's at this link:
http://thetruthinallboldness.info/books/ or http://www.christiandiscipleschurch.org/content/only-true-god
As a serious student of the truth I would very much appreciate your views of the content covered in this material, considering your extensive and knowledgeable background and area of expertise. If you have a little time to examine it, you may find it interesting yourself. (They are also available on Amazon books if you prefer physical books, as I do. I have nothing to do with their church by the way).
I hope you have time to respond, looking forward to hearing from you.
With kind regards --Phil
A: Thanks for the positive feedback about our Jewish Roots of Christianity book. I’ve glanced briefly through Eric Chang’s The Only True God at your request. It’s nice to see him struggling honestly with the challenges of Christian monotheism in a way that the original sources invite. However, to strengthen his credibility, he needs to wrestle more with early Christian sources from the pre-Augustinian era. The views of Trinitarians have not always been monolithic, and many of these early voices have important insights to add to the conversation. To put it another way: not everyone who claims to be a Trinitarian agrees about what that means.