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Jesus of Nazareth—god or demigod?

The answer, of course, is neither. Jesus Christ is neither god nor demigod, neither superstar nor superhero. Jesus does not belong to a poly­the­istic pantheon. He is not one deity among many. He is not the Son of God in … Continue reading

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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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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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God, Jesus, and the Tuggy Trilemma

Dr Dale Tuggy has recently published a two-part blog article addressing the divinity of Christ: “Do the Gospels disagree about Jesus and God.” He proposes that a reflective reader must deny one of these three statements:   1) The New … Continue reading

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Chalcedon Visits Wonderland, or Why Jesus Ain’t Thor

Over at Open Orthodoxy Tom Belt has launched a series of articles criticizing the kenotic christology of Greg Boyd. I am not well acquainted with Boyd’s writings, but Tom’s article did inspire me to take a look at his article … Continue reading

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