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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Against both Docetism and Gnosticism the early Fathers of the church, especially bishop-theologians like St.
40 Coakley noted that this statement may be based on Troeltsch's concern with fighting against docetism or with his assent to Schleiermacher's earlier attacks on Chalcedon (ibid.
Irenaeus coined the term gnostikoi, those capable of learning, to identify various schools making this claim, some of whom also claimed certain other perspectives, including docetism (Christ appeared to have been human with a human body and to have died on the cross); a tri-fold hierarchical theological anthropology in which humans fell into the classes of pneumatic (spiritual), psychic (ensouled), or hylic (material); and a spiritualized soteriology that denied the resurrection of the body and assured salvation for the pneumatics alone.
If that is the case, the Christian sense of the Body of Christ loses its assurance as a cosmic and historical reality, and veers toward a new kind of docetism.
He agrees that docetism presents a danger to the church's Christology but insists that the way to combat it is by a Chalcedonian Christology not limited to the humanity of Jesus, as most modern interpreters do in neglecting anything beyond history.
The need for this essay goes back to the ancient heresy of Docetism, hinted at in 1 John 4.
judges, Milbank's spiritual exegesis is hampered by a Christology that leans in the direction of Docetism and Monophysitism and is ultimately subsumed within ecclesiology.
14) Thirdly, he warns that denigrating Christ's flesh will lead to dualism and docetism, as has happened in the past.
Manning's two central premises are: first, that the Vatican's "misogynist" teachings are directly responsible for the widespread violence against women, and second, that the Holy Father's position on a male-only priesthood is a modern day heresy with parallels to Docetism.
He takes up in turn (1) the struggle with Docetism, (2) the Patripassian
Also included in the list, though never chosen by the students, are two understandings high on my own list: official spokesperson for the apostolic faith (after all, we're always only a generation away from docetism, Gnosticism, pelagianism, and even Manichaeism), and rabbi (I wish more pastors coveted the role of expert in the church's Scripture, tradition, and even dogma).
The first heresy was Gnosticism, which was into phantom ideas, and which begat Docetism, which denied Christ's humanity, saying that he was a phantom.