For these reasons, I am not convinced that John 17:5 serves as either a proof-text or an exegetical argument for the pre-incarnate existence of Jesus as a distinct divine person from the Father.
So it is that, with respect to my previously supplied reasons for affirming the trinity, I find their blow significantly softened and I find my current reasons for affirming oneness far superior in strength.
While I don’t believe I comprehend this issue in its entirety and I am willing to be convinced otherwise, I currently believe that the trinitarian interpretation comports more with the Scriptures than the oneness interpretation. Here is why.
Therefore, getting this issue right is what I aim to do! That is, I want to study this issue into the ground. I want no questions unanswered, no issues swept under the rug, no items unstudied.