UPDATE: Richard Lucas did send me a message stating he is no longer a contributor to Solas CPC
Richard Lucas, a contributor for Dr Andy Bannister’s Solas Centre for Public Christianity, was promoting a heretical idea of the Trinity in a debate with Muslim apologist Dr Shabir Ally. Richard believes God used to be one Person but divided into 3 centres of consciousness to become Tri-Personal. This is not “orthodox” Trinitarian thought.
I appreciate that Richard Lucas was honest and sincere enough to openly admit Tawheed ( the Islamic concept of God) is coherent and logical. Richard does practically demonstrate the Trinitarian concept of God is incoherent and illogical at the same time.
All the relevant clips of Richard Lucas on his view of the Trinity are captured in this video
A couple of quick points (which I may add to in a future review of the debate):
1. Richard Lucas claims God divided into 3 and became a Trinity. This theory contradicts the belief that God is immutable (unchanging). Richard Lucas’ theory of God dividing constitutes a belief that God changed His nature. Richard is faced with these problems:
-For change to take place then that suggests chronological order. Seen as God is eternal the idea of God changing is problematic.
-God is the Perfect Being thus does not need to change. To suggest God changed His nature could be conceived as suggesting at one time He was not the Perfect Being.
-Believing God changed into a Trinity arguably contradicts Bible verses like Malachi 3:6 if one views those verses to teach God doesn’t change His nature
I the LORD do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.
2. Dr Andy Bannister’s Solas Centre for Public Christianity has another issue which Richard was honest enough to acknowledge. Richard Lucas’ bravery in publicly stating this should be commended. Richard Lucas openly admitted the Bible does not limit the number of Persons in the Godhead head, he then went on to say(according to his Biblical Christian view) God could add more Persons to the Godhead by dividing again.
It goes without saying that this is an effective admission that Trinitarian cannot even have confidence in believing the Trinity to be a truth about God (even from a Christian/Biblical perspective!).
NOTE: Richard was promoting something like Apollinarianism too concerning Jesus’ nature but that may well be a discussion for another day.