Thinking about Faith: Speculative Theology by Tibor Horvath

By Tibor Horvath

Why did the early Christians keep on with Jesus Christ? Why did they write books, have councils, rejoice Eucharist and different sacramental rites? Tibor Horvath provides an exploration of the Roman Catholic Church lower than the rubric of affection.

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Thus the Holy Spirit has a divine name, a divine function, and a divine origin and is equal to the Father and to the Son. This is a remarkable theology, professing the Holy Spirit as God without using the term “God,” yet giving a solid foundation for worshipping the Holy Spirit in the context of the Church’s monotheistic faith (Bright, 1882, 79–108; Hanson, 1983; Kannengisser, 1981; King, 1957; Ortiz de Urbina, 1963, 139–242; Ritter, 1965; Zizioulas, 1983; Horvath, 1994, 22–3; Tanner, 1990, 21–35).

Yet they refer to someone to whom the word “God” could be applied. For a person believing in one God to call someone else beside Yahweh God could have been misleading in certain times and places (Horvath, 1975a, 142–5). Each hymn supposes an inventive “theological mind” that loves Jesus with the same love as the Father’s. Obviously, no one should identify Jesus with God the Father, since Jesus was not the Father. Instead, the anonymous authors of these hymns transferred to Jesus more and more of those What Is the Origin of the Christian Faith?

If Jesus is real God, his mother is What Is the Raison d’Être of the Ecumenical Councils? 33 mother of God. Obviously, Cyril of Alexandria and the other participating bishops knew that God cannot have a mother and no woman can be the mother of God. Yet they felt it correct to subject concepts and words to the reality of Jesus and join two contradicting words, ␪⑀␱´V and ␶␱´␬␱V, into one word. Mary is mother of God because God is the ultimate subject of the divine and human properties. There is a communication of the divine and human properties, a communicatio idiomatum, and Jesus receives denominations from the divine and human nature.

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