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Grace and Christology in the Early Church$
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Donald Fairbairn

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199256144.001.0001

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God's Own Son as the Source of Grace in Cyril's Later Writings

God's Own Son as the Source of Grace in Cyril's Later Writings

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(p.105) 4 God's Own Son as the Source of Grace in Cyril's Later Writings
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Grace and Christology in the Early Church
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Donald Fairbairn (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/0199256144.003.0004

This chapter deals with Cyril's writings during and after the controversy and argues that for Cyril, one cannot view the christological union as a communion between God and the assumed man. Instead, in order to share divine communion with us, Christ must be a unity, and his person must be that of God the Son himself. Only the Son of God can be the source of grace for Christians. The chapter discusses modern discussions about Cyril's understanding of Christ's unity, and it emphasizes the way Cyril uses a Greek term (idios) to insist on the immediacy of divine presence on earth.

Keywords:   Cyril of Alexandria, divine presence, double birth (of the Logos), God's own Son, one nature (of Christ), personal subject (of Christ), Theotokos

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