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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Christology & the Eucharist

This post was done by Cyril over at Energetic Procession. It basically shows how the Reformed position is the same as that of the Nestorians. I only posted 1/3 of his post so in order to get the context it's best to read the whole thing.

"The Antiochians denied the major premise (the Word
is the subject of even the human operations and suffering), the Alexandrians the
minor (all things predicated of the Word are done so according to nature). For
the Alexandrines, and here chiefly Athanasius, the minor premise lacked the
specificity which the Incarnation demanded, namely that Christ had two natures.
By making this distinction, the major premise could be vigorously maintained.
But it was another assumption that led the Antiochians, chiefly Theodore and
Diodore of Tarsus, to accept the minor premise: that natures have subjects
corresponding to the properties of its respective natures. Thus, the human
nature has a human subject (namely the human person of Christ, which is distinct
from the divine person of the Word). This Antiochene response can be found in
later writers, particularly during the Reformation controversies over the
Eucharist between the Lutherans and the Reformed. The Lutherans divinized
Christ’s humanity in an almost Eutychian manner, while the Reformed, so bent on
keeping the human nature of the Word away from the Eucharistic elements, refused
to allow that the human nature of Christ was the result of the actions of the

To read the rest, please go to the website.



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