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The IncarnationAn Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Incarnation of the Son of God$
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Stephen T. Davis, Daniel Kendall SJ, and Gerald O'Collins SJ

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199248452

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199248451.001.0001

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What Does Chalcedon Solve and What Does It Not? Some Reflections on the Status and Meaning of the Chalcedonian ‘Definition’

What Does Chalcedon Solve and What Does It Not? Some Reflections on the Status and Meaning of the Chalcedonian ‘Definition’

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(p.143) 7 What Does Chalcedon Solve and What Does It Not? Some Reflections on the Status and Meaning of the Chalcedonian ‘Definition’
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Sarah Coakley (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199248451.003.0007

Sarah Coakley challenges three versions of the meaning of the Chalcedonian Definition of 451: that the Definition merely regulates the use of language about Christ without making any direct affirmations; that the Definition is ‘metaphorical’ in a non‐cognitive sense; that the Definition is ‘literally’ true, even to the point of producing specific, univocal, and empirical assertions that were alien to the fifth‐century authors of the text. She then expounds a forth position that treats the Definition as a ‘horizon’ which sets boundaries about what can and cannot be said of Christ, while remaining open‐ended and apophatic about the mystery of his person.

Keywords:   Chalcedonian Definition, Coakley, fifth‐century authors

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