Category Archives: Theology-Christology

Cyril Vs. Nestorius; Alexandria Vs. Antioch

Nestorius accused Cyril of Alexandria of turning the nature of the Godhead into flesh: “To speak briefly, they refer the Godhead of the Only-begotten to the same origin as the flesh joined [with it], and kill it with the flesh, … Continue reading

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“Blending the Lord’s Appearance As A Man Into a Confused Combination”

Nestorius, presumably referring to the views of men like Cyril of Alexandria, argued that the “heretics” commit a similar error to that of Arius and Apollinaris, “blending together the Lord’s appearance as a man into a kind of confused combination.” … Continue reading

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Gregory of Nazianzus Contra Apollinaris

My summation of Gregory of Nazianzus’ attack on Apollinarianism: “[W]e do not sever the man from the Godhead, but we lay down as a dogma the unity and identity [of person]…,” the eternal God assuming manhood for our salvation.:”(“To Cledonius … Continue reading

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Redeeming Human Nature

Somewhere recently I read that for the Fathers the object of Christ’s redemptive work was not individuals per se, but the whole of humanity. Not that individuals per se do not get redeemed (they do), but that the focus of … Continue reading

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Ousia: “Particular, Concrete Existence”

Probably old hat to some, but reading this today in the translator’s note to Gregory of Nyssa’s “An Answer to Ablabius” really helped me with Trinitarian metaphysics. In the Cappadocians, the divine ousia (essence) is not strictly speaking a “universal” … Continue reading

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Human Nature as Christ’s “Instrument”

Alexandrian Christology frequently spoke of the human nature which the Word assumed as an “instrument” (organon) of the divinity. For instance, this description appears in Athanasius’ On the Incarnation in, among others, sections 8, 9, 43, 44, and 45. In … Continue reading

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The Self-Absurdity of the Areopagites

This is pretty interesting. Athanasius thinks that the Greek argument that having divinity conjoined with humanity is a fundamental absurdity (the argument made against Paul by the philosophers of the Areopagus in Acts 17) is itself an absurdity on the … Continue reading

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The Early War on Hellenism

The age of the ecumenical creeds appears to be a sustained war against Hellenism. Most if not all of the heresies that appear during this time are identified by the various Fathers who combat them as errors caused by Hellenistic … Continue reading

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Real Hellenistic Corruption of Christianity

Here’s another interesting angle on the notion held by many Protestants that the Church Fathers considered en masse supposedly failed to recognize Hellenistic influences on their formulation of the Faith: While they tend to subordinate the Logos to God the … Continue reading

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St. Anselm on Radical Nominalism

Some variety of realism seems inescapably to be true. Regarding whether each Person of the Trinity is a “thing” (res), St. Anselm points out several analogies against the nominalist Roscellin of Compiegne, who asserted (apparently without much thought) that the … Continue reading

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