I haven’t had time to mention this yet, but Anthony Buzzard’s new book just arrived in the mail this afternoon. My sincerest thanks to Anthony for sending a copy! To my dismay, when I opened the package the book’s upper right corner was severely bent and it doesn’t look like I’ll be able to get it back to normal (even if I do attempt to use vice grips). Of course this isn’t going to affect the readability of the book, but I’m kind of obsessive compulsive when it comes to the way I keep my literature. I loaned a friend a book by Smith Wigglesworth once only to find him eating while reading it and he had the front cover bent behind the back of the book! I was mortified! And to make things worse, when he gave it back there was a food stain in it from his meal from Arby’s!!!
In any event, I’ve read the forward and the first couple of pages so far. Immediately I have some problems with the arguments set forth (more on that in posts to come). In the forward, Clifford Durousseau uses a rather blatant polemic to introduce what he claims is a book “marked by an irenic tone.” [p. x] He refers to the doctrines of the Trinity, the preexistence of Christ, the eternal generation of the Son, the incarnation, and the hypostatic union as a “trap” and this book is to be an “invaluable resource for those who have escaped the trap…” [p. ix] Also worth noting is the standard reference to the death of Michael Servetus for his anti-Trinitarian views expressed in De Erroribus Trinitatis. Of course this is a standard rhetorical ploy used by many Unitarians in an attempt to paint Trinitarians as heresy hunting murderers. Let’s hope that Dr. Buzzard doesn’t use the same tactics to argue his point throughout the book.
I have to admit that I will not be reviewing this book in the same manner that I have been reviewing others. I will be treating this volume as a dialogue/debate partner, pointing out where I disagree and my reasons for doing so. Likewise I will be fair and concede any point that I feel Dr. Buzzard argues effectively. So there will be no short synopsis of this work with a recommendation to buy or not buy it; nor will there be a table of contents to read mini-reviews of each chapter. The truth is that I don’t know how many posts are going to come from this volume — it could be 5 it could be 500. Ultimately, it is the arguments that catch my eye that I will interact with the most.