podcast 178 – Apologists on how God can die – Part 1 by Professor Dale Tuggy
Back in episode 145, I laid out a triad of claims which can’t all be true:
1. Jesus died.
2. Jesus was fully divine.
3. No fully divine being has ever died.
I argued that a Christian who wants to be faithful to the New Testament, even when it conflicts with catholic traditions, should affirm 1 and 3, and so deny 2.
But this is not an answer you’re likely to hear from evangelical apologists. Here in part 1, we examine answers by Dr. David Wood and by Mr. Jay Smith. They’re arguing with Muslims, but of course anyone can notice that 1-3 above can’t all be true, and that arguably 1 and 3 are claims that no Christian should deny. A Christian ought to know which of the above to reject, and why.
Do their answers hold up to scrutiny? Click here to listen to the podcast:
Along the way we discuss immortality, essential attributes, perfect being theology, necessary existence, divine aseity, omnipotence, dualism, death, docetism, and the difference between the concepts of theophany and incarnation.