Recently I wrote a blog post about the divide among Biblical Unitarians concerning the meaning of John’s prologue. It appears that the new interpretation being offered reflects the difficulties that many in the movement are facing as they attempt to engage Trinitarians on this passage. I recently came across the below video debate among Biblical Unitarians on this issue. (If the embedded video does not play on your device, it can be viewed on YouTube here: Discussion on John 1 with Bill Schlegel, Dr. Andrew Perry)
The debate has Anthony Buzzard and Carlos Xavier vs. Bill Schlegel and Andrew Perry. All are Biblical Unitarians. The topic of discussion concerns two main points:
1. Whether the Word (Logos) in John’s prologue is a Person (Schlegel/Perry) or God’s divine Plan (Buzzard/Xavier).
2. Whether the clause “In the beginning” refers to the Genesis creation (Buzzard/Xavier) or the beginning of the restored (new) creation (Schlegel/Perry).
In my opinion, Bill Schlegel and Andrew Perry are right that Logos must be a Person in John 1, the Son of God. Anthony Buzzard and Carlos Xavier are right that “In the beginning” must refer to the Genesis creation. But they are in a stalemate, as each side shows that the other is wrong on opposite points. If Biblical Unitarians would be willing to even consider slaughtering their own sacred cow (the denial of a pre- human origin for the Son of God), all of the exegetical problems completely disappear.