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God's Own Son as the Source of Grace in Cyril's Later Writings

Donald Fairbairn

in Grace and Christology in the Early Church

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780199256143
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600586 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199256144.003.0004

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

God's Own Son as the Source of Grace in Cyril's Later Writings

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This chapter deals with Cyril's writings during and after the controversy and argues that for Cyril, one cannot view the christological union as a communion between God and the assumed man. Instead, in order to share divine communion with us, Christ must be a unity, and his person must be that of God the Son himself. Only the Son of God can be the source of grace for Christians. The chapter discusses modern discussions about Cyril's understanding of Christ's unity, and it emphasizes the way Cyril uses a Greek term (idios) to insist on the immediacy of divine presence on earth.

Keywords: Cyril of Alexandria; divine presence; double birth (of the Logos); God's own Son; one nature (of Christ); personal subject (of Christ); Theotokos

Chapter.  11526 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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