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READ PDF ì On the Unity of Christ à This text is one of the most important and yet approachable works produced by Cyril It was written after the Council of Ephesusto explain his doctrine to an international audience Cyril argues for the single divine subjectivity of Christ, and describes how it encompasses a full and authentic humanity in Jesus a human experience that is not overwhelmed by the divine presence, but fostered and enhanced by it Christology becomes then, for St Cyril, a paradigm for the transfigured and redeemed life of the Christian There is an introduction to the historical and theological background of the time, of the text and to St Cyril himself One of my favorite patristic reads an excellent theological explanation of the incarnation, with some hilarious polemic and sarcasm thrown in as a bonus Ah, the lost art of insightfully articulating orthodox Christology while simultaneously tossing scathing insults at those who disagree Cyril of Alexandria is one of the prominent figures of church history on Christology he remains the definitive voice on the matter in the Eastern Orthodox church and this is, according to the editor, his most mature and eloquent work on the subject It is short and fairly accessible to one with some familiarity with the famous Christologic debates of church history.This work is surely important, both historically and for the church today, as believers can still benefit from his exposition of t Cyril of Alexandria is one of the prominent figures of church history on Christology he remains the definitive voice on the matter in the Eastern Orthodox church and this is, according to the editor, his most mature and eloquent work on the subject It is short and fairly accessible to one with some familiarity with the famous Christologic debates of church history.This work is surely important, both historically and for the church today, as believers can still benefit from his exposition of the mysterious union of Christ as both God and man Reading it helped arm me with several unique arguments against any view that would diminish Christ s divinity But, having read both Theodoret his primary contemporary rival and Reformed expositions of Christology, I found it not to be as satisfying as I d hoped or expected Cyril easily handles the arguments of the two Sons perspective, but when it comes to the true subtleties of the Antiochian position at least as expressed by Theodoret and those that pertain to the Reformed, which are often pitted against Cyril, he seems to evade them or to frankly concede them.Cyril is known for pressing the provocative paradoxes of Christology against his opponents, as the editor notes in the introduction At one point, Cyril makes such a provocation that after the Incarnation Christ has only one nature We say there is one Son, and that he has one nature even when he is considered as having assumed flesh endowed with a rational soul pg 77 , a claim zealously pressed by his later supporters and vehemently refuted by his opponents But later in the work, in explaining the common Antiochian concern of how the impassible God could have suffered, he resorts to distinguishing the natures He suffers in his own flesh, and not in the nature of the Godhead pg 130 He repeatedly qualifies the provocative statements associated with him based upon the particular nature in view that Mary is the mother of God, only after the flesh that God died, but only his flesh and not his divine nature These are precisely the qualifications argued for by Theodoret and the Reformed despite all the strife between the two sides, at least in this work, their expositions of Christology seem to be identical on the contentious points At the few points where I perceived possible difference, disappointingly, I found Cyril s explanation of his thought too imprecise.Cyril s style was a bit off putting as well Frequently, he deflected his interlocutor s questions by simply accusing them of impiety On several key critiques, he seemed to avoid the question directly or miss its subtlety or merely proof text, without giving a positive explanation In this regard, I much preferred the acumen of Theodoret in his Dialogues.As for the introduction by McGuckin, it is helpful for setting the stage, especially for those with little background to the debates with Nestorious Yet it is not without some tendentious apologetics for Cyril, and I wish the description of Cyril s Christology would have beenpertinent to the present work that the tensions mentioned above would have been reckoned with The theology of Cyril presented is one that seems incongruous with his candid statements on precisely the pressing subtleties that sparked the debate A very good book the major takeaway point that Cyril makes is that Scripture speaks as though Jesus was God and God died on the cross If we re not to be impious and predicate suffering of divinity or omnipresence of a man, then we need to say that the person of Christ is both divine and human, though the two natures are not mingled It s also likely that Cyril misunderstood Nestorius, but he was right that Nestorius policing of the phrase Mary is the mother of God was unreasonable, given wh A very good book the major takeaway point that Cyril makes is that Scripture speaks as though Jesus was God and God died on the cross If we re not to be impious and predicate suffering of divinity or omnipresence of a man, then we need to say that the person of Christ is both divine and human, though the two natures are not mingled It s also likely that Cyril misunderstood Nestorius, but he was right that Nestorius policing of the phrase Mary is the mother of God was unreasonable, given what Scripture says elsewhere i.e Jn 1 14 We needof Cyril s care about what we say about God he neededcategories than orthodox, confused, and heretical I wouldn t recommend this to a layman, but a very good sermon otherwise Phenomenal Lucid, biblical defense of the orthodox doctrine of the incarnation against the Nestorian heresy Should be on a very short list of classics in Christian theology.