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In Defense of Conciliar ChristologyA Philosophical Essay$
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Timothy Pawl

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198765929

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198765929.001.0001

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The Content of Conciliar Christology

The Content of Conciliar Christology

(p.11) Chapter 1 The Content of Conciliar Christology
In Defense of Conciliar Christology

Timothy Pawl

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents, in a historically informed and theologically careful fashion, the Christology of the first seven Ecumenical Councils. Call that Christology “Conciliar Christology.” The chapter includes a discussion of the objection that something’s being ineffable is incoherent, since even being able to be described as “ineffable” requires that we understand something of the thing in question (at least that it is aptly characterized by the predicate, “ineffable”); a discussion of the justification of the communication of idioms; and a discussion of the attributes that the councils predicate of the Person, the divine nature, and the human nature, and the manner of their union (the hypostatic union).

Keywords:   Conciliar Christology, Ecumenical Council, ineffable, communication of idioms, divine nature, human nature, the hypostatic union

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