It is not a damaging notion that Jesus was just a man.

Not to me. That’s kind of the Muslim view, after all. A man imbued with prophethood.

But, there are no shortage of brilliant Christian theologians, past and present, that would disagree with your premise that it is “not damaging.” What you’re proposing is called Adoptionism, and it was really the first heresy the Church ever addressed as such:

This link drives down into the theological reasoning which so concerned the early Church:

The interesting thing about Adoptionism as that the early church jumped all over it even prior to the codification of Trinitarian doctrine. Therefore, it cannot be argued, as Unitarian might, that it was skewered because it conflicted with Trinitarianism; the heresy predates the Ecumenical Councils.

Then, there’s Arius, who delivered a variation on that theme. His view was that Jesus was not originate.

At any rate, this issue was not just huge to the early Church, it was in many ways the first important theological issue they wrestled with.

Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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