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So there can be no distinct divine persons, on SPT. And if there are no persons, there is no Trinity. Hence, the SPT leads to the denial of the Trinity. 49 And if this is true, then even if two individuals share all the same properties, they could still be different individuals, distinguished by the fact that each one is ‘this’ 49 Haecceity is, roughly, the property a particular thing has in virtue of being ‘that thing’ rather than some other thing. g. Jones is self-identical with Jones = Jones is ‘this’ (‘Jonesian’) thing.

The first lays out some of the historical-theological context for the discussion, and takes issue with one well-known story about the parties involved in pre-Chalcedonian Christology. The second lays out a taxonomy of different views on the human nature of Christ. The object of this exercise is to make some sense of the different views of Christ’s human nature one could take, which is often left undone in discussions of this aspect of Christology. The third stage considers which of these different views of Christ’s human nature are theologically orthodox.

29. 10 My point, then, is that the history that informs this account of the conflict between two clear-cut positions on the person of Christ, represented by the Alexandrians and the Antiochenes, is not as straightforward as it might at first appear. It may be that there are discernible traditions of Christology associated with Alexandria and Antioch, and that these loose ‘schools’ of thought shared a number of common convictions and ideas about the way in which the Incarnation should be understood.

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