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St Cyril of Alexandria: The One Incarnate Nature of Christ

“We say that there is one Son, and that he has one nature even when he is considered as having assumed flesh endowed with a rational soul” (On the Unity of Christ, p. 77; my emphasis). We first note the … Continue reading

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St Cyril of Alexandria: The Unicity of the Incarnate Word

Few theologians in the Christian tradition have asserted the unicity of the God-Man as strongly¬†as St Cyril of Alexandria. God the Word has made humanity his own, he declares again and again, not by the assumption of an already existing … Continue reading

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“Man, Christ Jesus, Propitiation, Mediator, Firstfruits of them that slept, First-begotten of the dead, Second Adam, Head of the Body the Church”

Desiring to investigate the Mystery of the economy with flesh of the Only Begotten, we say this, holding true doctrine and right faith, that the Word Himself out of God the Father, Very God out of Very God, the Light … Continue reading

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“For a union of two natures was made, and therefore we confess One Christ, One Son, One Lord”

Because he was of the house and lineage of David (Luke 2:4). The book of the sacred Gospels referring the genealogy to Joseph, who was descended from David’s house, has proved through him that the Virgin also was of the … Continue reading

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St Cyril of Alexandria: The Impassible Passibility of the Kenotic Word

“For Cyril,” writes Fr John McGuckin, “the notion of the Eternal One’s self-emptying (Kenosis) as outlined in Phil.2.6f. rises to the status of a master theme throughout his thought—to such an extent that the earthly economy of the Word made … Continue reading

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St Cyril of Alexandria: Holy Scripture and the Grammar of the Son

I recently finished reading On the Unity of Christ by St Cyril of Alexandria. Somewhat surprisingly, I found it slow-going—not because of its philosophical difficulty but rather its exegetical density. Cyril is a biblical theologian, and he would counter the … Continue reading

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