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St. James’ Sunday Bible Study Lectures
February 2, 2020 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Theological Crisis and Council—Christology
Lecture # 19
Feb. 2, 2020 11:45 am. To 1:00 pm.
In the last lecture, we traced the steps by which the doctrine of the Trinity was argued out by opposing teachers over most of a century. Such controversies continued with even greater ferocity in the 5th. and 6th centuries but now with a focus on Christology: the nature of Jesus Christ, the God-man. In this debate, we can see the same combination of elements as in the battle of Arianism: political and personal rivalries between the great patriarchal centers, divergent philosophical approaches to questions of theology, the desire of emperors to maintain unity at any cost, and the summoning of synods and councils of bishops, often serving to worsen the divide.