Theology Update for the Week of October 29

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The Genesis of Orthodoxy

The Sunday class on the origins of the Christian theological tradition meets on Sunday October 29 at 10 a.m. What is the relationship between the human and divine natures of Christ? And how does this affect the traditional understandings of the perfections of God? These became pressing issues in the early fifth century, with Cyril of Alexandria emerging as the leading voice of the orthodox party. This controversy was eventually addressed in the third and fourth ecumenical councils (Ephesus in 431 and Chalcedon in 451). The class meets on the fifth floor of the parish house.

The Theology of the Reredos

On Tuesday, October 31, at 6:30 p.m., the class which has undertaken a theological study of the church building concludes with an examination of the reredos. If you have ever wondered if there is any rhyme or reason to the layout of the statues in the reredos, this is the class for you. Meet in the pews at the front of the church after the said Mass which follows Choral Evensong.

God is One: The Perfect Unity of the Triune God

On November 8, at 6:30 p.m., the Rev. Dr. Katherine Sonderegger, Professor of Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary, gives the Fall Theology Lecture. The Bible is clear about the unity of God. Yet the Church holds as foundational revelation that the one God is triune, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. How can we reconcile these two beliefs? Dr. Sonderegger addresses these questions in her lecture, offering a trinitarian theology grounded in the testimony of Scripture. Dr. Sonderegger’s recent book has been described as “one of the most distinguished treatments of the Christian doctrine of God in recent decades,” and it is a pleasure to welcome her to Saint Thomas.