- Mar 8, 2006
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- Portland, Oregon
And St. John of Damascus is an infallible authority on how to understand Chalcedonian dogma properly? I don't think so.Jonathan Gress said:Well, my point is you should take the words of Chalcedon literally, that is, the words 'two natures', because St John took them literally,PeterTheAleut said:So what's your point? That you don't want to answer the question put before you?Jonathan Gress said:From St John Damascene's Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith. This is meant to show that the evidence that an Orthodox Christian must believe in two natures, not one, is not just found in the Fourth Ecumenical Synod:
As an aside, why do you go to St. John of Damascus to tell you what the Oriental Orthodox believe when you can ask the Oriental Orthodox for yourself, right here on this forum? Is someone who was never OO more qualified to tell you what OO believe than the OO themselves?
Spare me. : I've already argued with someone else that a list of all those Fathers who support your case does not make an authoritative consensus.Jonathan Gress said:and if you like I will find and quote as many Fathers as I can who take the words literally.
You still miss the point that the words are merely an attempt to express a Christology that is essentially inexpressible. So why do you hold so stubbornly to such a literalist interpretation of dogma that you fail to see its spirit? Isn't this what we accuse fundamentalists of doing?Jonathan Gress said:Find me a Father after Chalcedon who did not take them literally, but taught that it was permissible to speak of one nature of Christ.