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date: 17 October 2019

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The chapter deals with the central place of Christology in the whole body of Christian theology and argues that Christology should be treated as a kind of theological prism which allows one to grasp the whole spectrum of revealed truth in its many fragments. Among the dogmas of the ancient Church the Christological dogma of Chalcedon (451) plays a unique and crucial role. It may be best described as a methodological basis for all other doctrinal pronunciations about God, the cosmos, human beings, and their mutual relationships. Chalcedonian horos contains a detailed metaphysical articulation of the mystery of Christ, and illuminates how to use Christian theology to give it a kind of apriorical instrument of thinking about every single type and variation of divine–human communion. The teaching of the Fathers gathered in Chalcedon consisted in proposing Christology as an informative universal practice of a Christian worldview.

Keywords: Christology, Chalcedon, theological methodology, prism, mystery of Christ, communion

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