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Monophysitism Past and Present A Study in Christology   By: (1882-1977)

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In his book, A. A. Luce delves into the intricate topic of Monophysitism Past and Present: A Study in Christology, offering readers a comprehensive analysis of the historical and contemporary significance of this theological doctrine. Luce's work presents a highly informative and well-researched account of Monophysitism, ensuring readers of diverse backgrounds will find value in his treatise.

Right from the beginning, Luce proves himself to be a proficient scholar, extensively citing primary sources and examining the development of Monophysitism throughout history. He skillfully traces its origins in the early Christian era, discussing the theological debates it sparked and the consequences it bore on numerous religious movements. The author's attention to detail and ability to contextualize Monophysitism within the wider history of Christianity enhances readers' understanding of the subject matter.

What truly sets this book apart is Luce's exploration of Monophysitism in the present day. Through thorough analysis, he demonstrates how this ancient Christological concept still influences various Christian denominations today. Further, Luce explores the theological challenges posed by Monophysitism, offering readers a fresh perspective on the ongoing debates within Christianity.

Moreover, Luce's writing style is remarkably engaging, effectively conveying complex theological concepts in a clear and accessible manner. This makes the book highly suitable for both scholars and general readers seeking to deepen their understanding of Christology. However, it is worth noting that individuals without a basic knowledge of Christian theology may find certain sections of the book slightly challenging.

One aspect that could have further enhanced the book is a more extensive exploration of the counterarguments to Monophysitism. While the author briefly touches on differing perspectives, the inclusion of a broader range of voices would have provided a more well-rounded analysis. Additionally, expanding upon the book's final chapters, which discuss the implications of Monophysitism on contemporary theological discourse, would have been valuable.

Despite these minor shortcomings, Monophysitism Past and Present: A Study in Christology remains an exemplary contribution to the field. Luce's extensive research, insightful analysis, and ability to connect historical events to current theological debates make this book an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Christology, theology, or the history of Christianity. Overall, Luce's work serves as a significant stepping stone towards a deeper understanding of Monophysitism and its enduring presence in the world today.

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MONOPHYSITISM

PAST AND PRESENT

A STUDY IN CHRISTOLOGY

BY

A. A. LUCE, M.C., D.D.

CAPTAIN LATE 12TH ROYAL IRISH RIFLES

FELLOW OF TRINITY COLLEGE, DUBLIN

LONDON

SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE

NEW YORK: THE MACMILLAN CO.

1920

PRINTED BY

WILLIAM CLOWES AND SONS, LIMITED,

LONDON AND BECCLES

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I. THE METAPHYSICAL BASIS OF MONOPHYSITISM II. THE ORIGINS OF MONOPHYSITISM III. MONOPHYSITE DOCTRINE IV. THE ETHOS OF MONOPHYSITISM V. MONOPHYSITISM AND MODERN PSYCHOLOGY VI. MONOPHYSITISM IN THE PRESENT DAY

BOOKS CONSULTED IN THE

PREPARATION OF THIS ESSAY

J. S. ASSEMANI, "Bibliotheca Orientalis," especially the Introductory Dissertation to Vol. II.

A. HARNACK, "History of Dogma," translated by Speirs and Millar.

J. C. ROBERTSON, "History of the Christian Church."

WINDELBAND, "History of Philosophy," translated by Tufts.

WRIGHT, "Short History of Syriac Literature."

H. BERGSON, "Les données immédiates de la conscience," "Matière et Mémoire," "L'évolution créatrice."

MONOPHYSITISM PAST AND PRESENT

CHAPTER I

THE METAPHYSICAL BASIS OF MONOPHYSITISM

Monophysitism was a Christological heresy of the fifth century. It was condemned by the church in the middle of that century at the council of Chalcedon... Continue reading book >>




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