Concordant Christology: Arianism vs Socinianism

Those of us in the ecclesia called the body of Christ — not to be confused with members of the Christian religion who mistakenly use our title — are not Trinitarians (nor are we Modalists, for the same reasons we don’t believe in the Trinity).

As far as why we aren’t Trinitarians, I’ve written about that elsewhere, so please click here if you’re interested in learning more about that topic, but in this post I want to mention a debate within our ecclesia as to whether Arianism (which is a theological label that is largely used today to refer to the doctrine that Jesus was the first being God brought into existence) or Socinianism (which is a theological label that is largely used today to refer to the doctrine that Jesus first came into existence as a conscious being at His birth as a human) is more likely to be true. This isn’t a salvation issue, so most of us don’t let this minor disagreement get in the way of fellowship between members of the body (and any who do should not), but it is something that people are increasingly taking sides on in recent years, so I’ve published this post to provide you with the main arguments from either side of the disagreement.

Now, while I can see the arguments for both sides of the debate, there is a side which I do believe seems to have made a stronger case from Scripture than the other so far. However, I’m not 100% sold on either perspective at this time, and I don’t want to lead you astray if I’m wrong, so I’m simply going to share links to a series of articles on the topic for your consideration so you can decide for yourself (and I’ll add more as I come across them or as I’m informed that they’ve been written).

[A] = written from an Arian perspective, and [S] = written from a Socinian perspective