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The Christological Controversy

The Christological Controversy

For more than thirty years, The Christological Controversy has been an essential text for courses in theology, church history, and early Christianity that seek to better understand the development of Christology from its earliest roots to the Council of Chalcedon in 451. 

The volume gives modern readers an idea entry point into the issues by presenting clear, fresh translations of the most important primary sources, along with simple and informative introductions to explain the context of the writings.


  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800614119
  • eBook ISBN 9781451416749
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 184
  • Textbook Reader/Anthology
  • Publication Date August 1, 1980

Table of Contents

Series Foreword

I. Introduction
Early Christology
Initial Problems
Justin Martyr, Melito of Sardis, Irenaeus of Lyon, Tertullian of Carthage, Origen of Alexandria
Further Problems
The Arians and Athanasius; Apollinaris of Laodicea; Theodore of Mopsuestia; Cyril, Nestorius, and Eutyches; Leo and Chalcedon

II. Melito of Sardis
A Homily on the Passover

III. Irenaeus of Lyon
Against Heresies

IV. Tertullian
Against Praxeas
On the Flesh of Christ

V. Origen
On First Principles

VI. Athanasius
Orations against the Arians

VII. Apollinaris of Laodicea
On the Union in Christ of the Body with the Godhead

VIII. Theodore of Mopsuestia
Fragments of the Doctrinal Works

IX. The Controversies Leading Up to the Council of Chalcedon
Nestorius's First Sermon against the Theotokos
Cyril of Alexandria's Second Letter to Nestorius
Nestorius's Second Letter to Cyril
Cyril's Letter to John of Antioch
Pope Leo I's Letter to Flavian of Constantinople
The Council of Chalcedon's "Definition of the Faith"