Part 2 - Defending the WT 1956 August 15th Page 504
1. Clement of Alexandria:
"CLEMENT, who died about A.D. 100, was severely castigated by certain Catholic theologians because he termed “the Son of God a creature.” He once stated that “the most perfect, and most holy thing, and most commanding, and most regal, and by far the most beneficent nature, is that of the Son, which is next to the only omnipotent Father.” “If thou wilt be initiated [become a Christian], then shalt thou join in the dance around the uncreated and imperishable and only true God, the Word of God hymning with us.”The DATE that Clement of Alexandria lived from is actually 155 C.E. = AD to approximately 225 C.E. = AD.
It is quite possible that Dr Lamson got Clement of ALEXANDRIA mixed up with Clement of ROME who did live from the early 2nd quarter or middle of the first Century until about 100 C.E. Or it could have quite simply have been an editorial oversight.
One has to remember this is a QUOTATION from SOMEONE ELSE book!
Haters of Jehovah's Witnesses will, of course, blow this out of proportion, and rant and rave until the cow's come home.
But all one has to do is look up in a religious dictionary or encyclopedia or go online to get the date.
Lets move past this because this is not the important issue here. Let's examine the next sentence:
"...was severely castigated by certain Catholic theologians because he termed “the Son of God a creature.”Before we address this, there are a number of questions that need to be resolved:
Is this statement and others in the ***WT 56 August 15th Page 504*** ACCURATE?
Can the Watchtowers statements be SUBSTANTIATED from other sources?
Opposers of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of Jehovah's Witnesses claim they were telling DELIBERATE LIES, is this TRUE?
Or are these Opposers actually GROSSLY MISTAKEN and have actually been MISLEAD THEMSELVES?
Are the Opposers claims BASED ON A SOLID FOUNDATION or on DOCTORED MANUSCRIPTS BY TRINITARIAN REVISERS OF LATER CENTURIES?
Did the APOSTOLIC FATHERS and EARLIEST CHRISTIAN WRITERS really teach a TRINITY?
These questions I hope to give an answer to in the comming series of blogs. And we shall see if the QUOTATIONS from Dr Alvin Lamsons book are indeed accurate and can be substantiated by other sources and by the facts of history.
Getting back to the material above, one of those "certain Catholic theologians" was Photius of the 9th Century.
What did he have to say about Clement of Alexandria?
To be continued!