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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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Grace and the Logos' Double Birth in the Early Church

Grace and the Logos' Double Birth in the Early Church

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Grace and Christology in the Early Church

Donald Fairbairn (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

In the light of the book's treatment of grace and christology, this chapter argues that the central issue in patristic christology was not whether Christ was one person or two or whether one spoke of one nature or two, but whether God the Son was personally present on earth through the incarnation. The chapter asserts that the key phrase expressing this issue was the ‘double birth’ of the Logos. Those who insisted that God the Son must be and was personally present insisted that the Logos was born twice (of the Father eternally and of Mary in time). This chapter looks briefly at John Chrysostom, John of Antioch, Celestine, Leo, and the Chalcedonian Definition and concludes that belief in the double birth of the Logos was the faith of the entire Church in the fifth century, with only a small handful of dissenters.

Keywords:   Alexandrian School, Antiochene School, Chalcedon, John Chrysostom, double birth (of the Logos), John of Antioch, Pope Celestine, Pope Leo

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