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Patripassian Controversy Resolved: The Son, not God the Father, Suffered in the Incarnation

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199269823.003.0005

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Patripassian Controversy Resolved: The Son, not God the Father, Suffered in the Incarnation

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The author shows that of all theologians charged with Patripassianism or Sabellianism, only Noetus held strict Patripassianism, i.e. the claim that the Father was identical with the Son and suffered on the cross. Callistus and Praxeas, on this reading, eschewed this extreme position and identified the Father with the divine aspect of Christ participating in the sufferings of his flesh. The church’s rejection of various forms of Patripassianism led to a sharper distinction between the Father and the Son.

Keywords: Callistus; Hippolytus; Noetus; Patripassianism; Praxeas; Sabellianism; Sabellius; sympaschein; Tertullian

Chapter.  4221 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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