Docetism Resisted: Christ's Suffering is Real

Paul L. Gavrilyuk

in The Suffering of the Impassible God

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199269822
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601569 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Docetism Resisted: Christ's Suffering is Real

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The christological hymns and creedal statements of the first three centuries are characterized by a tension between Christ’s divine status and his subjection to human suffering. The Docetic attempt to remove this tension was systematically opposed by the church. The reality of Christ’s suffering was especially emphasized in theological reflections upon the experience of martyrdom.

Keywords: Basilides; Celsus; confession; creed; creedal statement; Docetism; Gnosticism; hymn; Irenaeus; Melito of Sardis; Tertullian; theology of martyrdom; Valentinian Gnosticism; Valentinus

Chapter.  11950 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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