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An dynasty and the conflicting interests of the patriarchal sees are the context of the controversy between Nestorius of Constantinople and Cyril of Alexandria a bitter This book both lifts up St Cyril and brings his theological mind and heart into a proper li

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The Christological Controversy describes the turmoil of fifth century Christianity seeking to articulate its beliefs on the person of Christ The policies of the Theodosi A little difficult to get through in some places but it's overall a good book Helpful in gi

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Dispute that racked the entire oecumene The historical analysis expounds the arguments of both sides particularly the Christology of Cyril which was adopted as a standar Excellent picture of the livestheology of the major players at the Council of Ephesus in 43

9 thoughts on “St Cyril of Alexandria The Christological ControversyIts History Theology and Texts

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    A little difficult to get through in some places but it's overall a good book Helpful in giving a solid perspective on the controversy

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    McGuckin seeks to reclaim Cyril as a hero of Christian orthodoxy A worthy task and effective on the whole McGuckin’s Eastern Orthodox perspective and his penchant for the dramatic may cause him to overstate his case Still if one must listen to a theology set at too high a volume Orthodoxy is to be preferred

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    St Cyril of Alexandria is the sphragidis of the Fathers the seal of the Fathers While he is not the last word in Christology he was an able summarizer of Christological thought and was remarkably consistent He’s also disliked among academics today St Cyril played hardball and it seemed like he used unsavory means to keep heretics from being represented at CouncilProf McGuckin dismantles these myths McGuckin a exposes the postmodern and elitist presuppositions of the university professors and b offers a different angle on the Nestorian Controversy—and he does it with dash flair and humor To be fair though it is difficult to know exactly what Nestorius actually believed Nestorius was accused of maintaining there were two persons in Christ a position he seemed to deny Yet McGuckin makes clear that Nestorius believed in two prosopon in Christ This word can mean “person” but doesn’t always and that appeared to give Nestorius an out Yet as McGuckin and St Cyril make clear Nestorius nonetheless held to two operating principles in Christ At this point McGuckin gives a long summary of Nestorius’s Christology In short it reads• Extreme divine impassibility the Logos cannot suffer 131• Christ’s two natures remain ontologically apart existing side by side 135• The Church’s confession of Christ should always begin with his double reality 156On pp 138ff McGuckin gives a helpful summary of the meanings of ousia physis hypostasis and prosopon Cyril’s ChristologyBefore examining St Cyril’s Christology McGuckin surveys Apolloniarius’s Christology While denounced as a heretic and rightly so Apollonaris put his finger on many important points To put it another way while Apollonaris’s heresy was bad it set the stage for Cyril’s triumph Apollonaris saw the important point that had to be maintained the single subject of the Logos 179 Redemptive DeificationSt Cyril’s Christology was tied to his soteriology “The incarnation was a restorative act designed for the ontological reconstruction of a human nature that had fallen into existential decay as a result of its alienation from God” 184 The Logos appropriates human nature—and this human nature becomes that of one who is God—the human nature is lifted up to extraordinary glory St Cyril also offers us a way to think about divine impassibility we should see the intimacy of the connection between the two realities of ChristIn the incarnation the power of the one transforms and heals the fallibility of the other“The human nature is conceived as the manner of action of an independent and omnipotent power—that of the Logos; and to the Logos alone can be attributed the authorship of and responsibility for all its actions” 186 The subject is unchanged but that subject now expresses the characteristics of his divinely powerful condition in and through the medium of a passible and fragile condition Of course St Cyril ties this in with the holy mysteries 188 The believer is deified because the encounter brings him into life giving proximity with the Logos—and this proximity was the metaphysical root of all being St Cyril’s vision was the transformation of the human race according to the paradigm of divine appropriation of a human nature in the incarnation 188 The Ecumenical Reception of St CyrilCyril preferred to say that Christ was of two natures placing the stress on the Incarnation 231 McGuckin scores major points in noting that St Leo’s Tome actually had to pass muster before it was excepted The Church didn’t merely receive it and note “Leo has spoken The end” They said this but only after it passed a Cyrillene test Why did they praise Leo? Because his Tome agreed with Cyril and the Fathers not merely because he was “pope” ConclusionThis was a fantastic book It is truly one of the great books written on Christology Because of the timeline it does not deal with later concerns about the energies and wills of Christ However it wonderfully ties in ecclesiology Christology soteriology and the Eucharist into one prism which then sheds multi perspectival light on the Church

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    Very Good information and a very good book if you like to read about history and how things came about It is not an interesting read or a book that grabs you and pulls you and you get absorbed in the reading but it is VERY GOOD for learning about the third ecumenical council Ephesus 431 AD and what transpired between Cryil of Alexandria and Nestorius Nestorius put a division in Christ or a separation between His humanity and divinity whereas Cyril of Alexandria who was the Bishop of Alexandria argued that there was absolutely no separation in Jesus divinity and Humanity but that God united Himself with man in a true and complete union henosis without separation division or mingling Nestorius position led to the Third Ecumenical means Universal council in Ephesus in Modern day Turkey near the west coast near the Aegean Sea in 431AD Cyril represented what the Church has always believed and articulated the position of the Fathers and the Scriptures very clearly and the Orthodox position prevailed This book chronicles all of the events that took place and the details what each side believed The last part of the book is dedicated to the actual writings of Cyril and Nestorius so you can read them first hand Really a good book to help you understand the third council and the events and issues that led up to that On thing that is interesting to me is that Cyril used the phrase μία φύσις τοῦ θεοῦ λόγου σεσαρκωμένη; mia physis tou theou logou sesarkomene and the author states that in all likelyhood this is really Cyril's own phrase because some people say he did not say that What is translates to is this One nature of the Word of God incarnate which stressed the complete unity of the Logos with humanity ie that Christ was truly 100% God and truly 100% man with a true and indivisible union of the divinity with the humanity Based on this fact that Cyril actually worded it like that I think the Eastern Orthodox should respect the way the Coptic Orthodox refers to Christ as Cyril did and understand that they believe exactly as the Eastern Orthodox do but express is in the way Cyril did as opposed to the Fourth Ecumenical Council in 451 which is the way the Eastern orthodox express their Christology

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    This book both lifts up St Cyril and brings his theological mind and heart into a proper light within the broader understanding of the Catholic Church It illuminates both the subtleties of Nestorianism and Cyril's theological language battle to root out heresy while at the same time accepting other Orthodox wordings of true theology coming out of Antioch This last is the most important for relations with the non chalcedonians Both a strict adherence to an Orthodox understanding of the Person of Christ being both God and Man and at the same time acknowledging that simple formulas do not capture who He isThe book also includes many of the Homilies and letters in translation where Cyril is dealing with the God man and for this alone it is very valuable

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    This study is remarkable Mr McGuckin does an excellent job of providing context to the Christological debates Readers are presented with a firm historical sketch of the controversy a detailed analysis of the Christological beliefs of St Cyril and Nestorius and a clear sense of all the main actors involved in the debates My understanding of the controversy increased greatly after reading this book I especially love the inclusion of source texts from the hands of both St Cyril and Nestorius themselvesI wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone interested in Christian theology or history

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    I was assigned this book for my Christology class It's a good historical background to the controversies if a little dry at points

  8. says:

    Excellent picture of the livestheology of the major players at the Council of Ephesus in 431

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