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What Does Chalcedon Solve and What Does It Not? Some Reflections on the Status and Meaning of the Chalcedonian ‘Definition’

Sarah Coakley

in The Incarnation

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780199248452
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600524 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199248451.003.0007
 What Does Chalcedon Solve and What Does It Not? Some Reflections on the Status and Meaning of the Chalcedonian ‘Definition’

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Sarah Coakley challenges three versions of the meaning of the Chalcedonian Definition of 451: that the Definition merely regulates the use of language about Christ without making any direct affirmations; that the Definition is ‘metaphorical’ in a non‐cognitive sense; that the Definition is ‘literally’ true, even to the point of producing specific, univocal, and empirical assertions that were alien to the fifth‐century authors of the text. She then expounds a forth position that treats the Definition as a ‘horizon’ which sets boundaries about what can and cannot be said of Christ, while remaining open‐ended and apophatic about the mystery of his person.

Keywords: Chalcedonian Definition; Coakley; fifth‐century authors

Chapter.  8617 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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