Preaching and Researching an Alexandrian Christology (1834–40)

Benjamin John King

in Newman and the Alexandrian Fathers

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780199548132
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720383 | DOI:

Series: Changing Paradigms in Historical and Systematic Theology

Preaching and Researching an Alexandrian Christology (1834–40)

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This chapter examines what Newman had to say between the years of 1834 and 1840 about the doctrine of Christ's person and works. Covering the period from the publication of Arians to Newman's first insights into the development of doctrine, the chapter focuses on the three summer vacations which he spent researching the Christology of different Greek patristic authors and the result on Newman's sermons. In the summer of 1839, examining various Fathers before and after the Council of Chalcedon, he began to see doctrine no longer as something static but in development. Newman became aware of the need for an idea whereby pre-Nicenes like Origen and Dionysius of Alexandria could ‘develop’ into the fuller doctrinal positions of Athanasius and Cyril. But even Athanasius and Cyril needed some later interpreters to clarify their positions, particularly the trio of Leontius, Maximus, and John of Damascus.

Keywords: doctrine of Christ; Newman; development of doctrine; Christology; Council of Chalcedon; Origen; Athanasius; Cyril; Leontius; Maximus

Chapter.  22330 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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