How little I have read of Dennis I find him to be much less trustworthy than others in his field. Again, my little exposure to him may be skewing my views, but his conclusions sound familiar to the "well, we must find something different than traditional views" slant. Regardless whether the conclusions are sound or stand upon a Biblical worldview.
I have to ask what then is your view of inspiration? Do you accept the entire Bible as authoritative or not?If Jesus did not always exist, that makes him a created being. God is not a created being and thus is separate in being from Christ. We are warned not to worship the created instead of the Creator.No one, Randy included, has made any claims to there being any other God/gods than the one true God. I, personally, don't think that Randy's view does any violence at all to the notion of Trinity. I know that you see Randy as trying to make Jesus a separate god, but I just don't happen to see it that way. I do not think that that is necessarily a necessary outcome of his position.
And YES, the Trinity affirms equality of the persons. Randy clearly does not. By the definition of the Trinity he has ousted himself as a non-Trinitarian.I am a layperson in the church with some leadership responsibility. I have had formal education in Bible history, hermenuetics, systematic theology, ancient Mediterrenean history, ECFs and Roman culture. I have had formal education in Arabic, Classical Latin, French and Koine Greek.I second Ben's request that you, who has asked for another's, state your position and education.
I'm currently taking classes for ordination and for an Mechanical Engineering degree.