Logos-sarx christology and the sixth-century miaenergism


The article discusses the question of the relation between the sixth-century Miaenergism, which is the idea of Christ having one divine-human operation, and the Logos-sarx type of Christology. The purpose of the article is to argue that the Miaenergism was dependent on the Christology centered on the divinity of incar­nate Christ. The Logos was acknowledged as the active principle even of Christ’s humanity, so that the human volition and operation of Christ was neglected in fa­vor of the Logos. This model of Christology was being developed especially from the second century in the writings of Clemens of Alexandria, Origen, Athanasius of Alexandria and Apollinarius of Laodicea; then it was continued by Cyril of Alexandria and Severus of Antioch; it also influenced Leontius of Byzantium and Theodore of Pharan. The Miaenergism of the sixth and then of the seventh century was being developed on a ground of the Logos-sarx type of Christology, although it acknowledged the Dyophysitism of Chalcedon.


Christ; Logos; Logos-sarx; Miaenergetism; divinity; humanity; nature; mind; volition; will; operation

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Published : 2018-12-16

Kashchuk, O. (2018). Logos-sarx christology and the sixth-century miaenergism. Vox Patrum, 67, 197-223. https://doi.org/10.31743/vp.3397

Oleksandr Kashchuk 
Ukrainian Catholic University  Ukraine

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