“A Whole Habit of Mind”: Revelation and Understanding in the Christology of St. Cyril of Alexandria
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The most proper intellectual relation to God is personal address, yet theology is required to think and speak God in the third person. How to span that gap between the first person order of revelation and the third person order of hermeneutics? St. Cyril of Alexandria’s path of negotiating this difficulty involves discerning the implications for human rationality of faith’s encounter with Christ, the “Image of the invisible God,” in Scripture and liturgy. Through an examination of his “kenotic” Christology, this article endeavours to understand St. Cyril’s exemplary path of negotiation between hermeneutics and revelation in order to recommend it to contemporary theology.