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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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Immutability, Impassibility, and Atemporality

Immutability, Impassibility, and Atemporality

(p.179) Chapter 8 Immutability, Impassibility, and Atemporality
In Defense of Conciliar Christology

Timothy Pawl

Oxford University Press

This eighth chapter, the first of Part 3, considers a different type of objection to Conciliar Christology. It considers objections of the form: something that is X cannot become incarnate, but the Son is X, on Conciliar Christology. So the Son cannot become incarnate on Conciliar Christology. The chapter considers the attributes of being immutable, impassible, and atemporal, three predicates taught by Conciliar Christology, as substitutions for X. The chapter considers arguments from four leading objectors—Richard Cross, Jonathan Hill, Richard Holland, and Thomas Senor—showing in what way each argument is unsound. The chapter concludes by considering how the metaphysics of an atemporal, immutable, impassible thing’s becoming incarnate might work. This metaphysics follows the lead of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Keywords:   impassibility, immutability, atemporality, Richard Cross, Jonathan Hill, Richard Holland, Thomas Senor, Thomas Aquinas

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