Docetism

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Docetism

(dōsēt`ĭzəm) [Gr.,=to appear], early heretical trend in Christian thought. Docetists claimed that Christ was a mere phantasm who only seemed to live and suffer. A similar tendency to deny Jesus' humanity appeared in the teachings of Simon Magus, Marcion, Gnosticism, and certain phases of monarchianism.
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In this meticulously documented study, Hinlicky traces how the Christian doctrines of the Incarnation and the Trinity developed over the first 400 years of the church's existence amid rival philosophical schools such as middle and late Platonism and in conflict with heretical Docetic and gnostic interpretations of Scripture.
Oddly enough, even some evangelicals have jumped onto the docetic bandwagon of story but not history.
58) "As a theophany, she is assimilated to the example of Christ as understood by Ibn 'Arabi and all the Spirituals of Islam, namely, in accordance with a docetic Christology" (ibid.
35] This Docetic Christ is not known as companion to the poor and oppressed in their everyday world (see Luke 4:18-19).
It used often to be said that the gnostics had no place for the passion story, and therefore explained it away in docetic fashion; but there is more to be said than that.
This view of the Martyrium corresponds to a docetic Christology: it was not the Lord who was crucified, but Simon of Cyrene.
In the first Christian centuries when Docetic tendencies attempted to blot out the genuine humanity of Jesus Christ, Mary's genuine female pregnancy and birthgiving protected his identification with the human race.
Such an understanding denies the human character of the Bible, turning it into something Docetic, without flesh and bones, like claiming that the bread of the Eucharist isn't really bread.
Newbigin confesses, "I still feel that you are really docetic in your thinking about the Church.
Despite Schleiermacher's effort to build his Christology from the earthly Jesus to the Christ of faith - often referred to as "from below" versus "from above" - his descriptions of the union often fail to preserve the tension between divine and human, almost presenting a docetic portrait of Christ.
One might have hoped that the docetic explanation, after a long run, was fading away (as in R.
This docetic Christianity goes against any integrated worldviews, whether they are African or theological.