Research Paper Christology

This culminated in the formation of the doctrine of hypostatic union which recognised that Christ was fully divine and at the same time fully human.

Of great significance is that heresies chiefly impacted upon soteriology (i.e., the religious doctrine of Salvation), and inexorably on the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.

Enter the term “heresy” (Gk hairesis, αἵρεσις), defined as “the formal denial or doubt of any defined doctrine of the Catholic faith”(Cross, 2005: 762).

In antiquity the term denoted a “choice” or “thing chosen” or following a particular “philosophical school” or “school of thought”.

A major fourth century heresy was Arianism, named after a priest of Alexandria, Arius (256-336 A.

D.) who was taught and mentored by Lucian of Antioch.

Below is the final version of my essay for course CF103 on Christology and Trinitarian Theology.

I received solid feedback after my draft submission, but also some critical additions I needed to make before this final submission. Alexander Tefft for his guidance and time in extensive feedback provided.

The Early Church Fathers as a result sought to document their beliefs forming Christian doctrine in the process, and eliminating erroneous points of view in the expression of the Christian faith.

The early church struggled to express the ineffable mystery of Jesus Christ.


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