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Monophysitism Blind To The Dual Character Of Christ's Experience


Such were the difficulties and errors into which their Christology
forced the monophysites with respect to Christ's body. Difficulties
equally great and errors equally fatal attended their attempt to
conceive the conjunction of psychic elements with the divine person.
Their formula was too narrow. It compelled them to shut their eyes to
one outstanding fact, namely, the duality of Christ's earthly
experience. This fact confronts the reader on every page of the
gospels. The duality is deep-seated; it extends to each psychic
element, yet stops short of the personality. In the world of Christ's
nature there are two hemispheres. His experiences are on two planes.
In both of these hemispheres or planes we find thought, will, and
feeling. His thought on the higher plane is radically different in
mode and scope from His thought on the lower plane. The two are of a
different order. The same difference holds with respect to the other
two psychic elements. We propose to exemplify this assertion, first,
in the case of cognition, and then in the case of will and feeling.
This procedure will simplify the task of exposing the further
consequences of the monophysite Christology.

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