Category Archives: Theology-Soteriology

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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Biblical Bases of Christological Orthodoxy

[To be expanded later, as time allows] The Gospel of John’s prologue seems easily to cohere with Christological concepts hammered out much later in the Ecumenical Councils. Consider that in the prologue the Word both is God and is with … Continue reading

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The Wolf Shall Lie Down With the Lamb

Pope Benedict XVI highlights a parallel between Jesus and Adam that I had not seen before. In his temptations in the wilderness, Jesus “was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to him” (Mark 1:13). Benedict writes of this: … Continue reading

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Historiographical Methods and Biblical Christology (III): A Theological History of Jesus

[Continued from Part II] Father Roch continues his historiographical reflections by building on his general principles the conclusion that the “we have found a rationale in the very nature of historiography for going beyond mere history and attempting to inquire … Continue reading

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Historiographical Methods and Biblical Christology (II): General Principles

[Continued from Part I] Father Kereszty (hereafter “Father Roch,” since that what most students in the Christology class call him), outlines his general historiographical method for analyzing the historical Jesus as follows.:”(Source: Jesus Christ: Fundamentals of Christology.:”(New York: Society of … Continue reading

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Historiographical Methods and Biblical Christology (I)

A second reading assigned in my Christology class is Roch A. Kereszty’s Jesus Christ: Fundamentals of Christology.:”(New York: Society of St. Paul, 2002.)”: This is turning out to be quite a thought-provoking book, not least of which because Father Kereszty … Continue reading

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“A Prophet Like Me”

[Continuing my notes and observations from Pope Benedict XVI's recent book Jesus of Nazareth.] Benedict points out an Old Testament Christological argument that I had not seen before. In Deut. 18:15 Moses promises, “The Lord your God will raise up … Continue reading

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