Chapter Six Of Practicing Christian Doctrine Essay

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Chapter six of Practicing Christian Doctrine, by Beth Felker Jones, chiefly discusses Christology and the various heresies that have surrounded it over the years. Christology, which is the study of Christ, helps one to learn more about Jesus and his identity and how to live a good Christian life by forming a relationship with the Lord. In order for Christology to work, the person of Jesus must be known and a major idea discussed in this novel is homoousios, Jesus is full and truly God. Two other important characteristics of God found in this chapter are immutability¬¬ and impassibility. Immutability means that God is unchanging and impassibility states that He is never overwhelmed by emotion. The heresies that are discussed include: Apollinarianism, Eutychianism and Nestorianism. The Apollinarianism view claims that Jesus was less than fully human and that he was possessed by God; Eutychianism states that Jesus’s humanity was undone by God; Nestorianism separates his divine and human natures. The book next talks about the council of Chalcedon, which basically affirmed that Jesus is both divine and human. This unity between Jesus’s two natures is referred to as hypostatic union in the book. The next chapter moves on from there to talk about soteriology, the study of salvation. More specifically though, soteriology looks at what Jesus did—in regards to the cross and his resurrection—to bring about salvation. Jones discusses four key steps that must be taken in order to gain…

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