Nestorianism Countered: Cyril's Theology of theDivine Kenosis

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

Nestorianism Countered: Cyril's Theology of theDivine Kenosis

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Having briefly surveyed various inadequate approaches to the Nestorian controversy, the author shows that the protection of the unqualified divine impassibility from being compromised by any involvement in suffering was at the heart of Theodore’s and Nestorius’ christology. Nestorians charged Cyril with being an advocate of theopatheia. In response, Cyril developed a doctrine of God’s appropriation of human suffering and insisted upon the divine self-emptying in the incarnation.

Keywords: Cyril of Alexandria; doctrine of appropriation; incarnation; Nestorian (controversy); Nestorius; self-emptying or kenosis; soul–body union; sympaschein; Theodore of Mopsuestia; theopatheia; worthy/ unworthy of God

Chapter.  16894 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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