Thursday, June 22, 2006
Questions on the Relationship between Christology and Anthropology
(1) Can an anthropology, such as is found in the Lutheran notion than man, on account of the condition of human nature, cannot, even with the aid of grace, actively participate in his own justification coexist with a Christology in which Christ's engraced human nature is the efficient cause of justification?
(2) If the former anthropological principle is combined with the notion that Christ as man is the author of justification, will the result not be some weakening of the Chalcedonian definition of the union of natures by an elicit supplementing of the human nature by an inordinate emphasis on the divinity?
(3) If the notion of fallenness is used to justify, on the one hand, total depravity with respect to humanity, in spite of sanctifying grace, and, on the other hand, Chalcedonian orthodoxy, with respect to the immaculate character of Christ's sanctified human nature, is this not an inconsistent use of the concept of infused grace? In other words, is the sufficiency of infused grace in Christ not contradicted by a denial of the sufficiency of infused grace in the sinner?