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The Passions of Christ in High-Medieval ThoughtAn Essay on Christological Development$
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Kevin Madigan

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195322743

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195322743.001.0001

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 Conclusion: The Passions of Christ in Ancient and Medieval Thought

 Conclusion: The Passions of Christ in Ancient and Medieval Thought

Continuities and Discontinuities

(p.91) 8 Conclusion: The Passions of Christ in Ancient and Medieval Thought
The Passions of Christ in High-Medieval Thought

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This concluding chapter begins with a discussion of the major focus of this study, which is what Cardinal Newman — thinking of the difference between the earliest expression of a dogma and its developed form — called a “prima facie dissimilitude” between the two. It is argued that whatever one might think of the great Cardinal Newman's theory of dogmatic development and whatever of the history of Christian thought it might be believed to elucidate, it simply cannot begin to do justice to the evidence considered in this study. Time and again, “prima facie” dissimilitudes have been seen between an ancient Christological doctrine and its medieval development. However, closer inspection and analysis have revealed, that in virtually all these cases, the “dissimilitude” was very far from superficial.

Keywords:   Cardinal Newman, prima facie dissimilitude, Christ, scholasticism, medieval interpretation

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