I heard someone misrepresenting the Christian doctrine of the Trinity in front of a group of people, using the scholarship of a Protestant heretic named Adam Clarke. The issue comes down to denying the divine Sonship of Jesus. What is a good response for me to share with this person? How would a Catholic explain the errors in Mr Clarke’s position?
I don’t have the actual book the person was referring to, but here is a Wikipedia (I know, I know ) excerpt on the subject:
Perhaps his most controversial position regarded the eternal Sonship of Jesus. Clarke did not believe it Biblically faithful to affirm this doctrine, maintaining that prior to the Incarnation, Jesus was “unoriginated.” Otherwise, according to Clarke, he would be subordinate to God and therefore not fully divine. This was important to Clarke because he felt that Jesus’ divinity was crucial to understanding the atonement.
Clarke’s view was opposed by many Methodists, notably Richard Watson. Watson and his allies argued that Clarke’s position jeopardized the integrity of the doctrine of the trinity. Clarke’s view was rejected by Methodism in favor of the traditional, orthodox perspective.