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The Humanity Of Christ As A Model For Compassion

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Leo's development of the human nature of Christ was the foundation for integrating human compassion and altruism into a broader theological plan. Although his distinctive contribution was to articulate the full humanity of Christ, the Tome, famous for having been incorporated into the doctrinal definitions of the Council of Chalcedon, was not entirely original. Divinization was not a possibility for Leo because he was committed to the idea that Christ was linked to humanity only through the complete integrity of his human nature. The correspondence that Leo and others envisioned between Christ and human beings was influenced by the tradition that stemmed from Irenaeus, who, in the late-second century, had developed an Adam-Christ typology that shaped his soteriology. It was the model underlying many aspects of Latin christology, including ?the commerce and exchange' idea.

Keywords: Adam-Christ typology; Christ; Council of Chalcedon; divinization; human compassion; humanity; Irenaeus; Latin christology; Leo; soteriology



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