Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Book Preview: Is Jesus Human and Not Divine? A Debate by Dale Tuggy and Christopher M. Date

About the Authors

Dale Tuggy

Dale Tuggy (PhD, Brown University) is Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Fredonia. He has authored about two dozen peer-reviewed articles and book chapters relating to the Trinity and other topics in analytic theology and philosophy of religion. He has blogged since 2006, and since 2013 has hosted and produced the trinities podcast. A lifelong Christian, he lives with his wife of 25 years Candise and their three children in New York state.

Christopher Date

Chris Date is the host of the Theopologetics podcast and co-editor of Rethinking Hell: Readings in Evangelical Conditionalism (Cascade, 2014) and A Consuming Passion (Pickwick, 2015). A software engineer by trade, he believes theology and apologetics are for every average Joe in the pews, and not just for pastors, philosophers, PhD’s and the erudite in ivory towers. Formerly a traditionalist, he became convinced of the biblical view of final punishment over the course of a process which began when he interviewed Edward Fudge, and he has since defended the view in several debates and on Justin Brierley's Unbelievable? radio program on Premier Christian Radio UK. Chris is also a steward of the Rethinking Hell project.

About the Book

“Who do you say that I am?”

Jesus of Nazareth long ago asked his disciples this crucial question, and it remains a relevant one every person must answer today. In this essential debate on an all-important topic, two contributors offer competing views on who Jesus is.

Combining first-rate Christian scholarship with uncommon readability, this debate offers a treasure trove of biblical, philosophical, and patristic arguments regarding the person of Jesus. Reading this book will challenge you intellectually and nourish you spiritually, deepening your understanding of the most intriguing man who has ever lived. Be prepared to be informed.


“Dale Tuggy and Chris Date’s vigorous debate over whether Jesus is both human and divine includes meaty, informed discussions of New Testament interpretation, patristic Christology, and both theological and philosophical issues. Both scholars ably represent their respective positions of Unitarianism and Trinitarianism. Regardless of your own view, prepare to be challenged and stretched.”

Robert M. Bowman Jr., President, Faith Thinkers, Co-author of Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of Christ

“There are two levels at which you can read this book. At the first level, because Dale Tuggy and Chris Date are well-prepared advocates of their sharply contrasting positions, the book works as the document of a good debate with plenty of clarifying clash. At the second level, because Tuggy and Date are both very active online and make reference to a range of blog posts and podcasts, the book works as a clearing house or index of the best sort of arguments scattered across the internet. The result is a reading experience well worth your time.”

—Fred Sanders, Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University

You can read a sample of the book here.

Tuggy and Date have debated this topic and you can find that debate here.

You can buy your copy of this book here.

Courage and Godspeed,

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