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John Chrysostom on Divine PedagogyThe Coherence of his Theology and Preaching$
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David Rylaarsdam

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198715382

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198715382.001.0001

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Chrysostom’s Coherent Theology

Chrysostom’s Coherent Theology

(p.100) 3 Chrysostom’s Coherent Theology
John Chrysostom on Divine Pedagogy

David Rylaarsdam

Oxford University Press

Divine adaptability is integral to every major area of Chrysostom’s theology and demonstrates the coherence of his thought. Chrysostom has a consistent theological pattern of an unequal union of God and corporeal things in divine adaptations throughout history. Therefore, in his “Alexandrian”-sounding Christology, there is not a doctrine of the assumed man; rather, the divine will and knowledge manage the accommodating operations of Christ. Similarly, Scripture is essentially divine discourse, the voice of God clothed in the fleshly garments of human language, which must be interpreted not simply by using techniques taught in the rhetorical schools but also by discerning the higher referents of these adapted human words. The priority of the divine is also evident in the process of salvation: humans are only capable of an ethical way of life because God first united us with Christ, adopted us, gave his Spirit, and mingled with us in the sacraments.

Keywords:   adaptability, Christology, salvation, sacrament, coherence

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