The Christological Controversy



The Christological Controversy This Book Is A Collection Of Texts Designed To Illustrate The Development Of Christian Thought About The Person Of Christ In The Era Of The Church Fathers The Earliest Text Translated Comes From The Latter Half Of The Second Century, When The Ideas And Problems Which Were To Dominate Christological Thought In This Period Were First Crystallized The Latest Is The Well Known Definition Of The Faith Of The Council Of Chalcedon AD , Which Has Generally Been Accepted As Defining The Limits Of Christological Orthodoxy

10 thoughts on “The Christological Controversy

  1. says:

    A helpful collection of primary source readings around early christology, in particular the earliest christological work and the thinkers around Nicaea and Chalcedon This is a little out of date There are definitely better volumes available now with primary source readings around early christology, in particular Frances Young s volume From Nicaea to Chalcedon.

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    It is always surprising to see how much a scholar can put together in less than 200 pages Richard A Norris, Jr., has canvased the landscape of the early stages of Christological formation and brought this important, accessible, and resourceful together The Christological Controversy Landmark Church Father figures, such as Irenaeus, Tertullian, Origen, Athanasius, and Cyril, are listed with checkered figures, such as Apollinaris, Theodore, and Nestorius Origen can be argued to be listed he It is always surprising to see how much a scholar can put together in less than 200 pages Richard A Norris, Jr., has canvased the landscape of the early stages of Christological formation and brought this important, accessible, and resourceful together The Christological Controversy Landmark Church Father figures, such as Irenaeus, Tertullian, Origen, Athanasius, and Cyril, are listed with checkered figures, such as Apollinaris, Theodore, and Nestorius Origen can be argued to be listed here, as well It would be ironic to say that heresies make orthodoxy, but that seems like the case for early Christological controversies Many times, these heresies and the condemned herectis who espoused them were either trying to say too much or too neatly fixed that they suffocate orthodoxy Most, or all, of the precise wordings of the Four Great Ecumenical Creeds were hammered during and after heated debates So, it s important to keep in mind not only that these great creeds are in a very Hellenistic worldview but also in very complicated, drawn out debates via pony express To say Jesus is true God from true God shocks Arius, and true man from true man shudders gnostics and docetics.To be sure, Norris nor even the great Church Fathers were attempting to solve a problem or fix a paradox Jesus as God Man is, utterly, mysterious Yet, in the spirit of Augustine, so that we would not be silenced, we must say something rightly and worshipfully, orthodox and orthopraxis cf www.sooholee.wordpress.com

  3. says:

    An interesting readMost Christian now a days take for granted fundamental theological issues that the Church faced I m an Atheist , and found this a very interesting I still don t agree with the premise, but the following conclusion is mindbogglingly

  4. says:

    Read in THEO 210 HIST DEV OF THE CHRIST CHURCH.

  5. says:

    Very helpful anthology of such a vital doctrine

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    I m always thankful to read primary texts I m glad Norris included early texts, like Melito of Sardis Homily on the Passover and selections from Irenaeus Against Heresies Though they both bear bare the flaws of their historical moments as I do of mine , these are fun reading at points.The later writers, post Tertullian with the exception of Leo s Tome are dry The living fire of the first centuries is lost for the arid negotiations with the dominant philosophical categories Reading the s I m always thankful to read primary texts I m glad Norris included early texts, like Melito of Sardis Homily on the Passover and selections from Irenaeus Against Heresies Though they both bear bare the flaws of their historical moments as I do of mine , these are fun reading at points.The later writers, post Tertullian with the exception of Leo s Tome are dry The living fire of the first centuries is lost for the arid negotiations with the dominant philosophical categories Reading the second half of this text was work.Which goes to show, I guess, that most ecclesial and theological work is just that work A truly good sermon may not so much sing as hum a good tune others can catch Fashioning a truly good tune can take hours at the piano.I first picked up this text for a grad course It is a worthwhile introduction, as far as it goes It s approachable, readable, understandable.But I think the name until we get to Nestorious and Cyril of Alexandria is false advertising We don t hear much of the controversy We hear the various arguments of the winners of history perhaps because the winners burned losers texts I would have appreciated fuller indication if primary sources were unavailable of the other side s during this controversial time period

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    This book has a lot of key texts concerning the early Christological controversies of the 2nd 5th centuries Anyone interested in the doctrine of the person of Christ must read this book However, it is not for the faint of heart Some of the writings like Origin , though not all, are pretty advanced and confusing The content is incredibly helpful, I just can t recommend this to younger believers who don t have a lot of guidance and who aren t eagerly seeking to knowabout the development This book has a lot of key texts concerning the early Christological controversies of the 2nd 5th centuries Anyone interested in the doctrine of the person of Christ must read this book However, it is not for the faint of heart Some of the writings like Origin , though not all, are pretty advanced and confusing The content is incredibly helpful, I just can t recommend this to younger believers who don t have a lot of guidance and who aren t eagerly seeking to knowabout the development of doctrine of the person of Christ This is the place to start though

  8. says:

    Ehhh mixed bag feels too Western in overall tone, but still good as a brief, super small, snap shot of the issues not a great intro nut not a bad one, if it is used strictly as a primer One of the weaker volumes in this set from Augsburg Fortress.

  9. says:

    In addition to the author s review of the Christological controversies and apologists arguments over the first few centuries, he presents actual translated texts of those same apologists Very good for the student of theological history to read.

  10. says:

    I found this to be a great reference in writing essays about both Arianism and Nestorianism The Introduction is clear and informative as well I highly recommend this to anyone studying the history of Christianity.

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