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Category: MONOPHYSITISM PAST AND PRESENT

We have taken a triad of ontologies and a triad of Christological
systems, placed them side by side, and examined them. The result of
that examination is a triple correspondence. The metaphysical
principle is found in each case worked out in a corresponding
Christology. The comparison is of general interest. It reveals
Christology as intimately connected with the workings of intellect, as
in the main stream of the current of human thought, as capable of
philosophic treatment. Further than that, the comparison is vital to
the main argument of this essay. It provides the clue to the heart of
our subject. The scientist, who wishes to understand a botanical
specimen, pays as much attention to what is in the ground as to what is
above ground. The seed and roots are as full of scientific interest as
are stem, leaf and flower. Similarly, to understand the monophysite
heresy, to be able to detect it and expose it, we must take it in the
germ. We may push the illustration further. The properties of a
botanical specimen are best studied in connection with organisms of
allied species. We cannot isolate unless we compare. By comparison
the essential features, functions and properties of the specimen under
examination are elucidated.

It is by isolating the three germinal ideas of these three
Christological systems and comparing them, that a full comprehension of
monophysitism in all its stages, from seed to flower, is reached. We
have used this method, and have found that the roots of the heresy lie
in spiritual monism. In subsequent chapters we shall analyse its
origins as a historical system, its specific tenets and its practical
consequences. It will then be seen that the spirit of monism pervades
the whole system.




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