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date: 22 August 2019

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In espousing a communion ecclesiology in which members of the church participate in the life of the Trinity through the work of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, most ecumenical dialogue has presumed Trinitarian and Christological belief in accord with the early councils of the church. Few dialogues have explicitly addressed the topic of Christology, but highly significant results have been achieved in those dialogues. This chapter analyses a number of decisive agreements reached between Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian (Oriental Orthodox and Assyrian) churches, and several agreed statements between Reformation churches which, while accepting the Chalcedonian definition, have traditionally held different understandings of the communicatio idiomatum between the two natures of Christ and his divine person, with consequently varying understandings of the presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

Keywords: Christology, Chalcedon, non-Chalcedonian, communicatio idiomatum, ecumenism, Oriental Orthodox, Assyrian, Reformation, Eucharist

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