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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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Denying the Predications

Denying the Predications

(p.97) Chapter 5 Denying the Predications
In Defense of Conciliar Christology

Timothy Pawl

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers three responses to the Problem, all by way of denying some predicate or predicates of Christ. One response is to deny that the predicates supposedly true of Christ in virtue of his divine nature, the divine predicates, are in fact apt of him. The second is to deny that the predicates supposedly true of Christ in virtue of his human nature, the human predicates, are in fact apt of him. A third is Kenotic Christology, which says that Christ emptied himself of at least some of his divine attributes when becoming incarnate. On such a view, before the incarnation, the divine predicates were apt of Christ, but during the incarnation they were not. The chapter argues that such a Christology is inconsistent with Conciliar Christology, contrary to the claims of the proponents of Kenotic Christology.

Keywords:   the Fundamental Problem, Kenoticism, divine predicates, human predicates, Conciliar Christology

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